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    Being -2 examples

    Hi, I was wondering of anyone could help me with this grammar?

    Could you please tell me the difference of being in these two sentences:

    1. The opinions presented were far from being original.

    2. The opinions being presented were far from original.

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    Re: Being -2 examples

    The word being has the same meaning in both sentences.

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    Re: Being -2 examples

    Thanks for your post, could you explain more about the grammar?

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    Re: Being -2 examples

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonconner View Post
    Hi, I was wondering of anyone could help me with this grammar?

    Could you please tell me the difference of being in these two sentences:

    1. The opinions presented were far from original.

    2. The opinions being presented were far from [being] original.

    Many thanks

    J
    "being" and its placement is not the issue here. It can be used once, twice, or not at all in both sentences. You're making a false dichotomy.
    The difference in usage comes from whether "being" is used in the verb or not.

    The following is one (and only one - mine) way of seeing a difference:
    1. is focussing on the present. "The opinions [which were] presented were far from [being] original. So I'm going to review the papers before the next seminar."

    2. is focussing on the time it happened. "The opinions being presented were far from [being] original. So I left the lecture and went for a coffee."

    You could also use "which were being presented", etc. as the verb, and they will all have different nuances to some people and not to others.

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