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    In the of the Merciful Allah,
    Hi, what is the precise meaning of"being" in the following statement: "The aim of the study was to investigate the effects of being assigned to the role of...." A nother question, the adjective"
    assigned" refers to whom? Thanks ahead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Egyption Arrow View Post
    In the of the Merciful Allah,
    Hi, what is the precise meaning of"being" in the following statement: "The aim of the study was to investigate the effects of being assigned to the role of...." A nother question, the adjective"
    assigned" refers to whom? Thanks ahead.

    #1 The study aims to investigate someone having the role of xxxx assigned to them.

    #2 There is no context to tell us what this is relating to. The full sentence might help.

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    "The aim of the study was to investigate the effects of being assigned to the role of either a prison guard or prisoner.", this is the full context under the title " Aim". After what you said, my question is " is it possible in English to qualify somebody/something without mentioning him/it directly or by a pronoun

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    Hello, any body there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Egyption Arrow View Post
    [COLOR=DarkGreen]In the of the Merciful Allah,
    Hi, what is the precise meaning of"[COLOR=Black]being[COLOR=DarkGreen]
    " in the following statement: [COLOR=Black]"The aim of the study was to investigate the effects of being assigned to the role of....[COLOR=DarkGreen]"
    It's the passive in its gerund form, which is used after prepositions (in this case after of).

    Yes, it is possible to refer to somebody/something without mentioning them.
    You could also say ... the effects of (someone/one/her/that person etc.) being assigned to the role of...

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    Thank alot.

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