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    there being=past or present

    "I thought Coakley had a terrible perfomance in the debate when she talked about there being no terrorists in Afghanistan."

    Does 'there being' mean 'there were or there are' in the sentence?

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    Re: there being=past or present

    "I thought Coakley had a terrible perfomance in the debate when she talked about there being no terrorists in Afghanistan now."
    "I thought Coakley had a terrible perfomance in the debate when she talked about there being no terrorists in Afghanistan until 1990."

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    Re: there being=past or present

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    "I thought Coakley had a terrible perfomance in the debate when she talked about there being no terrorists in Afghanistan now."
    "I thought Coakley had a terrible perfomance in the debate when she talked about there being no terrorists in Afghanistan until 1990."
    And then "What a clear shot she gave Bill Kristols's". That's it! no "now" or "until ....." there. It's from the Corpus of Contemporary American English. Since I have only so much context,how could I interpret it?

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    Re: there being=past or present

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Since I have only so much context,how could I interpret it?
    The most likely meaning is 'there are', but we cannot be absolutely certain.

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    Re: there being=past or present

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    The most likely meaning is 'there are', but we cannot be absolutely certain.
    Could I say something like "Do you think she's going to be comfortable with there being many people at the party?" to mean "if there are many people at the party?

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    Re: there being=past or present

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Could I say something like "Do you think she's going to be comfortable with there being many people at the party?" to mean "if there are many people at the party?
    Not really. There is no 'if' about your sentence.

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    Re: there being=past or present

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Not really. There is no 'if' about your sentence.
    I know there are going to be many people so I'm wondering if she's comfortable with it?

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