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    Is there a difference between:

    1-The food eaten in this restaurant is three times more expensive than the food eaten in the other one.
    and:
    2-The food being eaten in this restaurant is three times more expensive than the food being eaten in the other one.

    I know that 2 can be used when the food is being eaten right now, while 1 cannot. But I wonder whether 2 and 1 could both be used in a larger context (this month, always, usually,etc.). In other words, I know that 1 cannot always replace 2, but I wonder whether 2 could always replace 1.
    (I had tried to post this question earlier on today, but it seems that it wasn't posted).

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    Default Re: being +ed participle

    The inclusion of the word being seems to imply that the food is being eaten at this precise moment.

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    Default Re: being +ed participle

    I finally managed. Actually, there are two of us here trying to find our way around and we FINALLY managed. The set-up has changed a bit. We are adapting.

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    Default Re: being +ed participle

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    The set-up has changed a bit. We are adapting.
    That's true enough. What do you think of it? See: http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=644
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    I am very thick when it comes to modern technology. I'll have to adapt before I can make up my mind. But I think this time I am adapting pretty fast, which is a good sign!
    In any case this site has been a boon for me. :D

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    Default Re: being +ed participle

    Quote Originally Posted by navi
    Is there a difference between:

    1-The food eaten in this restaurant is three times more expensive than the food eaten in the other one.
    and:
    2-The food being eaten in this restaurant is three times more expensive than the food being eaten in the other one.

    I know that 2 can be used when the food is being eaten right now, while 1 cannot. But I wonder whether 2 and 1 could both be used in a larger context (this month, always, usually,etc.). In other words, I know that 1 cannot always replace 2, but I wonder whether 2 could always replace 1.
    (I had tried to post this question earlier on today, but it seems that it wasn't posted).
    There is definitely a difference between the two sentences, since in the second sentence the food under discussion is being eaten at the time the person is speaking. The second sentence is especially strange, since if you are talking about general circumstances it wouldn't matter at what precise time the food was being consumed. (Neither sentence is idiomatic English).

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    Default Re: being +ed participle

    Quote Originally Posted by navi
    Is there a difference between:

    1-The food eaten in this restaurant is three times more expensive than the food eaten in the other one.
    and:
    2-The food being eaten in this restaurant is three times more expensive than the food being eaten in the other one.

    I know that 2 can be used when the food is being eaten right now, while 1 cannot. But I wonder whether 2 and 1 could both be used in a larger context (this month, always, usually,etc.). In other words, I know that 1 cannot always replace 2, but I wonder whether 2 could always replace 1.
    (I had tried to post this question earlier on today, but it seems that it wasn't posted).
    Both sentences strike me as rather strange. More natural would be: "The food served at this restaurant...." Also, people eat (AE) at a restaurant.

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    Default Re: being +ed participle

    Quote Originally Posted by navi
    Is there a difference between:

    1-The food eaten in this restaurant is three times more expensive than the food eaten in the other one.
    and:
    2-The food being eaten in this restaurant is three times more expensive than the food being eaten in the other one.

    I know that 2 can be used when the food is being eaten right now, while 1 cannot. But I wonder whether 2 and 1 could both be used in a larger context (this month, always, usually,etc.). In other words, I know that 1 cannot always replace 2, but I wonder whether 2 could always replace 1.
    (I had tried to post this question earlier on today, but it seems that it wasn't posted).
    To be honest, I'd use 'served' or nothing- the food in the restaurant...

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