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    sentence

    hello there
    I am just wondering if you could analysis the below sentence and tell me what kind of sentence is this .( passive or active )

    The study showed a deep fear among elderly of being abondoned to the care of strangers.

    I'd like to know BEING ABANDONED has fallowed the normal passive sentence structure like " is being abandoned "
    I understand that wouyld not make sence if they use "is" but I am wonder what kind of sentence is that if there is grammar for that please link it to me

    many thanks

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    Re: sentence

    That part of the sentence is passive.

    I am afraid a spider might bite me. I have a fear of being bitten by a spider.
    They are afraid their children will abandon them. They have a fear of being abandoned [by their children].
    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: sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by mousa View Post
    hello there
    I am just wondering if you could analysis the below sentence and tell me what kind of sentence is this .( passive or active )

    The study showed a deep fear among elderly of being abondoned to the care of strangers.

    I'd like to know BEING ABANDONED has fallowed the normal passive sentence structure like " is being abandoned "
    I understand that wouyld not make sence if they use "is" but I am wonder what kind of sentence is that if there is grammar for that please link it to (me

    many thanks
    NOT A TEACHER

    (1) IF I understand my favorite grammar book correctly, here is a

    possible explanation:

    (a) You are correct: being abandoned is the present tense of the

    passive voice of the gerund of "abandon."

    (b) The gerund phrase (being abandoned to the care of strangers) is

    the object of the preposition of.

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