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    Default creating modifying phrases

    Hi! Teachers.

    When transforming the given sentence into a modifying phrase, which one is correct between A) and B) ? I'm confusing.
    And also I'd like to know this kind of modifying using 'there' is prevalent.



    As there were no survivors, the exact cause will never be known.

    A): There being no survivors, the exact cause will never be known.
    B): There having been no survivors, the exact cause will never be known.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: creating modifying phrases

    You could use both, though the first sounds more natural to me. I wouldn't say that this structure is 'prevalent', but it is used, mostly in formal writing.

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    Default Re: creating modifying phrases

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    You could use both, though the first sounds more natural to me. I wouldn't say that this structure is 'prevalent', but it is used, mostly in formal writing.
    Thanks.

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