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    Hello! Sorry, Iíve got one of those horrible grammar terminology questions to ask you. In the following sentence, Iím supposed to decide whether the underlined part is a noun phrase or a clause:
    With two white grandfathers, and having been brought up as a Methodist in a Roman Catholic community, Walcott is ideally placed to express the Caribbeanís confusions of cultural identity.
    Apparently, itís a noun phrase, but I canít really see why, as the verb is declined as a present perfect passive, and so, to my understanding, is working as a verb. Could someone help me with this one, please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by micaelo View Post
    With two white grandfathers, and having been brought up as a Methodist in a Roman Catholic community, Walcott is ideally placed to express the Caribbeanís confusions of cultural identity.
    Apparently, itís a noun phrase, but I canít really see why, as the verb is declined as a present perfect passive, and so, to my understanding, is working as a verb. Could someone help me with this one, please?
    I think it's a noun phrase, too. Having been brought up= the bringing up of...=his education

    Actually, if we translated this to Spanish we would have to say: , y su educaciůn como...., where it is very clear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heidita View Post
    I think it's a noun phrase, too. Having been brought up= the bringing up of...=his education

    Actually, if we translated this to Spanish we would have to say: , y su educaciůn como...., where it is very clear.

    cheers
    My impression is that it's a participal clause. There is a good discussion about these here: BBC World Service | Learning English | Learn it

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    Actually, Heidita, I think the translation into Spanish should be "Y habiendo sido educado ..." which I think is a clause too, so I'm afraid that doesnīt help.

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