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    Being happy being single isn't as difficult as you may think.


    I think the former "being" is subject.
    I wonder if the latter "being" is ?.
    For example, the latter "being" is gerund.

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    Re: being

    Quote Originally Posted by wowenglish1 View Post
    Being happy being single isn't as difficult as you may think.


    I think the former "being" is subject.
    I wonder if the latter "being" is ?.
    For example, the latter "being" is gerund.
    Personally, I find this sentence a bit far-fetched. To me, it doesn't sound natural with the two gerunds.

    Anyway, the subject is the whole construction with the gerunds ("Being happy being single") - try to substitute it for a clause of another type and you'll see that: "My personal situation", etc.

    I would rephrase it as "To be happy being single..."

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    Re: being

    Quote Originally Posted by wowenglish1 View Post
    Being happy being single isn't as difficult as you may think.


    I think the former "being" is subject.
    I wonder if the latter "being" is ?.
    For example, the latter "being" is gerund.
    [Being happy (about) being single] [isn't] [as difficult as you may think]. = SVC
    Being happy (about) being single = S
    (about) being single = prepositional phrase postmodifying "happy"
    being single = prepositional complement, gerund; "about" is an ellipted prep.

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