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1)"The work done, we went home."
2)"The work being done,we went home."
3)"The existing data being limited, no definite conclusions could be made."
4)"The existing data limited, no definite conslusions could be made."
Are these sentences grammatically correct?
Last edited by ostap77; 20-May-2012 at 20:20.
Why is it wrong when I leave out "being" as in "The data limited...." and correct when left out as in "The work done.."?
The existing data having been limited, no definite conslusions could be made.
Who has limited the existing data? Probably no one. Probably no action was taken by anyone to limit the data. Yet it is limited.
"Limited" works as an adjective in number 3. "Done" works as a participle in number 1. This is what makes the difference in my opinion.
With all due respect, you would not be answering my question by suggesting what needs to be replaced! How about this one "The dinner over, we went into town." Here we have an adjective too. And I've been told this one is correct.
Last edited by ostap77; 20-May-2012 at 23:42.
Refer to my post about dinner being over.
When I said what I said previously, I was anxious to do so because I wasn't sure if there weren't examples like yours. I couldn't find one, but I think yours is fine. I will think about it, but I can't see an answer now.
I'll add one more thing. I must admit that I'm not entirely sure that number 4 is incorrect. Number 3 sounds more natural to me, but I'm not sure about 4. I'll admit even more. I tried to refute bhaisahab's answer by corpus search. It was the complete lack of success that made me try to defend his answer instead.
I think I'll just shut up now and wait for answers.
I'm cool with it. It just sometimes grammar is weird! It's been driving me up the wall since I've been learning English!