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    subject

    I would like to know the subject of the next sentence.

    Manís being an unfinished, defective animal has been the root of his uniqueness and creativeness.


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    Re: subject

    Quote Originally Posted by wowenglish1 View Post
    I would like to know the subject of the next sentence.

    Manís being an unfinished, defective animal has been the root of his uniqueness and creativeness.

    The subject is shown in bold
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    Re: subject

    I don't agree with the main sentence:
    Manís being an unfinished, defective animal has been the root of his uniqueness and creativeness.

    1. Why "Man's"?
    2. I think the "being an unfinished, defective animal" describes the man.

    What do you think about this one:
    The man - being an
    unfinished, defective animal - has been the root of his uniqueness and creativeness.

    Probably we don't even need the "The".

    Cheers!

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    #4

    Re: subject

    Hi,
    It refers to the state of all human-kind.

    Take two simpler sentences:
    My being late is not a reason for you to be so angry.
    His being so jealous was why she broke up with him.

    Is it easier to see the subject in those?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: subject

    Well, this is the first time I have known this expression
    What amazing it is!

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    #6

    Re: subject

    Use "creativity", not "creativeness".

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