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  1. wong zhi ching

    passive gerund

    Good Day.

    I would just like to know if the passive gerund is related to the continuous aspect of a verb.
    for instance:

    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?

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    Re: passive gerund

    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...


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