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    Smile it seems nothing can make her be/being distressed.

    She's so optimistic that it seems nothing can make her be/being distressed.


    Are "be/being" optional or must I omit them in the above and why? Thanks.


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    Re: it seems nothing can make her be/being distressed.

    "Be" is possible but not necessary. "Being" would be wrong.

    I'd be more inclined to say,
    "Nothing can distress her."
    Or less formally,
    "Nothing bothers her,'
    or quite informally,
    "Nothing gets to her."

    Of course there are many other options: worries her, upsets her, gets her down...

    edward
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    She's so optimistic that it seems nothing can make her be/being distressed.


    Are "be/being" optional or must I omit them in the above and why? Thanks.

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    Re: it seems nothing can make her be/being distressed.

    Quote Originally Posted by baqarah131 View Post
    "Be" is possible but not necessary. "Being" would be wrong.

    I'd be more inclined to say,
    "Nothing can distress her."
    Or less formally,
    "Nothing bothers her,'
    or quite informally,
    "Nothing gets to her."

    Of course there are many other options: worries her, upsets her, gets her down...

    edward
    Thanks, Edward.
    Got it!

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