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    belly_ttt is offline Senior Member
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    Ellipsis

    I took an example out of Oxford dictionary:
    The figures are not very good when measured against those of our competitors
    I wonder if it could be like:
    The figures are not very good when being measured againts those of our competitors
    Does it adhere to the rule?
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    Re: Ellipsis

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    I took an example out of Oxford dictionary:
    The figures are not every good when measured againts those of our competitors
    I wonder if it could be like:
    The figures are not every good when being measured againts those of our competitors
    Does it adhere to the rule?
    The figures are not very good when measured against those of our competitors.

    It is a one off situation - we are currently comparing our figures with those of our competitors.

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    Re: Ellipsis

    So if we add "being" here it has a totally different meaning?

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    Re: Ellipsis

    Anyone?

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    Re: Ellipsis

    'Being' does change the meaning; it means that the figures are only not good at the time of the measurement. You may be doing the measuring now, but the comparison with outlive the measurement.

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    Re: Ellipsis

    Thanks Tdol

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