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    Default my bicycle being stolen

    My bicycle being stolen last week, I bought a new one today.

    I thought in written English we should say 'My bicycle stolen/having been stolen last week, I bought a new one today.' Am I right?

    Could I ask native speakers to help me please? Thank you in advance.
    Last edited by joham; 10-Nov-2008 at 09:21. Reason: a word repladed.

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    Default Re: my bicycle being stolen

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    Joham,

    I would say: my bicycle having been stolen last week, I bought a new one today.

    GF

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    Default Re: my bicycle being stolen

    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Forbes View Post
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    Joham,

    I would say: my bicycle having been stolen last week, I bought a new one today.

    GF
    Thank you for your trouble,Greg. Then can we say 'My bicycle stolen last week, I bought a new one today.'?

    Thank you again.

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    Default Re: my bicycle being stolen

    No. It is a passive voice.
    Because my bicycle was stolen last week, I bought a new one today.
    My bicycle being stolen last week,.........

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    Quote Originally Posted by whitemoon View Post
    No. It is a passive voice.
    Because my bicycle was stolen last week, I bought a new one today.
    My bicycle being stolen last week,.........
    But I found this sentence in the Corpus of contemporary American English:
    Dengar could see a few more of Jabba's bodyguards, facedown on the hot sand , their weapons stolen by scavenging Jawas.

    What I'd like to know is whether we can use both 'my bicycle having been stolen' and 'my bicycle stolen'.

    Might I ask native speakers to help me please? Thank you in advance.

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    Default Re: my bicycle being stolen

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    But I found this sentence in the Corpus of contemporary American English:
    Dengar could see a few more of Jabba's bodyguards, facedown on the hot sand , their weapons stolen by scavenging Jawas.

    What I'd like to know is whether we can use both 'my bicycle having been stolen' and 'my bicycle stolen'.

    Might I ask native speakers to help me please? Thank you in advance.
    I have already answered in your post “being done”. I cannot answer your question, but I’d like to share:
    Passive participle
    The participle can be used with or without auxiliary participle. This happens in fairly formal English, and in narratives:
    Having been released from prison (=when he had been released from prison), he went back into the community and immediately re-offended.
    Preserved in a sodium solution (=Because the eggs had been preserved in a sodium solution), the eggs would last us through the winter.
    This is from “Times-Chambers; English Grammar and Usage”. According to this, if the two subjects are same, we can use both “Having been preserved” and “preserved” in the above sentence. Unless the two subjects are same, I can’t say. If you believe the book you refer to, you can use, I think.

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    Default Re: my bicycle being stolen

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    My bicycle being stolen last week, I bought a new one today.

    I thought in written English we should say 'My bicycle stolen/having been stolen last week, I bought a new one today.' Am I right?

    Could I ask native speakers to help me please? Thank you in advance.
    You are right. It should be, My bicycle having been stolen last week etc.

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