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    #1

    being there or there being or a lot..?

    1)"Being there a lot of people in the hall, we stepped outside."

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    2)"There being a lot of people in the hall,..........................."


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    3)"A lot of people being in the hall,.................................."

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    4)"Being a lot of people in the hall,.................................."

    Are they all acceptable?

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    #2

    Re: being there or there being or a lot..?

    No.
    2 is the better way whilst 3 is acceptable.
    Discard 1 and 4.

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    #3

    Re: being there or there being or a lot..?

    Quote Originally Posted by apex2000 View Post
    No.
    2 is the better way whilst 3 is acceptable.
    Discard 1 and 4.
    Would you use these constructions in everyday speech?

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    #4

    Re: being there or there being or a lot..?

    Yes.

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    #5

    Re: being there or there being or a lot..?

    2 and 3 can be heard, as can 4 (though 4 is probably more Americanised, certainly informal, clearly awkward).

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    #6

    Re: being there or there being or a lot..?

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    2 and 3 can be heard, as can 4 (though 4 is probably more Americanised, certainly informal, clearly awkward).
    Would Americans accept 4) "being a lot of people...." in speech?

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    #7

    Re: being there or there being or a lot..?

    I think not, even in formal circumstances. But we might have a US perpective if a user here sees this thread.

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    #8

    Re: being there or there being or a lot..?

    I can't imagine using #4 in speech or writing.
    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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    #9

    Re: being there or there being or a lot..?

    Of those options, I would only ever use #2.

    I consider the others to be wrong.

    Rover

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    Re: being there or there being or a lot..?

    I think 4 is really 2, but without 'there'. It's common in speech to omit words that ought to be included. (I'm) Not saying I'd use it. Too perfunctory for me.

    Being in a hurry, I must go now.

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