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    Different participles the same meaning?

    Do they differ in meaning?

    1) Written in pencil, the article was difficult to read.
    2) Being written in pencil, the article was difficult to read.

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    Re: Different participles the same meaning?

    Is this homework?
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Different participles the same meaning?

    I am afraid not.

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    Re: Different participles the same meaning?

    Be not afraid!

    They read the same to me. Personally, I would write them in a different way: "Because it was written..."/"Since it was written..."

    I'm not saying you examples are incorrect, as I am not 100% sure about that. I'm just telling you what my personal choices would be in this case.
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    Re: Different participles the same meaning?

    Would you spot a difference if I switched it to

    1) Asked whether he was going to come he pulled a face.
    2) Being asked whether he was going to come he was pulling a face.

    I infer that 1) means that he was asked only once and 2) means he was asked a few times or repeatedly. Do you think in the line with me on that or not?

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    Re: Different participles the same meaning?

    The only difference I can sense at first glance is that your second set of examples lack the comma that was there in the first set.
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    Re: Different participles the same meaning?

    A Comma is not a big deal in terms of verbal communication, I suspect. But what about the rest of it? Do they really mean the same to you?

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    Re: Different participles the same meaning?

    To me, yes.
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    Re: Different participles the same meaning?

    The only thing lacking here is an opinion of a native speaker.

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    Re: Different participles the same meaning?

    I guess the only thing we can do is to wait a while for that, my friend!
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