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    We usually see a noun phrase or a noun after "because of". But can we use "Ving" after "because of"?

    Is the following sentence correct? "Because of being shy, Jeff has difficulty talking loudly to girls."

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    Default Re: because of + Ving?

    Quote Originally Posted by sjc55 View Post
    We usually see a noun phrase or a noun after "because of". But can we use "Ving" after "because of"?

    Is the following sentence correct? "Because of being shy, Jeff has difficulty talking loudly to girls."
    I think in that case I'd go for a clear* noun: 'Because of his shyness...'. But your "being" functions as a noun, and it's certainly not wrong.

    In some cases, V-ing is better than what I called a 'clear noun':

    'Because of her laughing, all the children were kept back after school' means something different from 'because of her laughter...' (which refers to her behaviour - her laughter in general - and not to a particular instance of her laughing). Probably a verb would be better in that case: "Because she [had] laughed, all the children were kept back after school'.

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    PS *This isn't - as far as I know - a technical term; I just made it up

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    Default Re: because of + Ving?

    Re: Because of being shy, Jeff has difficulty talking loudly to girls.

    The phrase being shy functions adjectivally; it's short for being (that Jeff is) shy.
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    Jeff being (that he is) shy has difficulty talking loudly to girls.

    Being (that he is) shy, Jeff has difficulty talking loudly to girls.
    Participle: Because of being (that Jeff is) shy
    Gerund: Because of his shyness ...

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    Hi Soup,

    Thank you.

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    You're welcome.

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