wong zhi chingGuest
I would just like to know if the passive gerund is related to the continuous aspect of a verb.
His being chosen surprises us all.
The "being" in the clause does not represent the continuous aspect of the verb, does it?
Rather, this "-ing" form represents gerund and the past-participle passive voice of the noun.
Am I making myself clear?
Or do I have to put the question in another way?
You could also say 'The fact that he was chosen surprised us all' (which makes the lack of 'continuousness' clearer). Using the gerund, especially with a possessive, gives quite a formal impression. But if that's appropriate...