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    #1

    Is the "being" needed here?

    Sentence: With regard to the certain information in the screenshot being obscured, it was done for protecting the privacy.

    PS: By obscured I mean that certain information has been blackened/darkened/blurred in the screenshot..I hope you get what I mean by that.

    Question: I am not being able to figure out whether the "being" is needed there in the sentence or not. Could you help me? I need the help urgently.

    Thanks

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    #2

    Re: Is the "being" needed here?

    Certain information in the screenshot was obscured to protect privacy.
    Last edited by BobK; 31-Aug-2012 at 11:55. Reason: Fix typo
    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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    #3

    Re: Is the "being" needed here?

    Could you tell that without modifying my sentence? That will be more helpful. :)

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    #4

    Re: Is the "being" needed here?

    Would anyone else like to reply? C'mon you are native English speakers, it should not be that difficult for you.

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    #5

    Re: Is the "being" needed here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe333 View Post
    Would anyone else like to reply? C'mon you are native English speakers, it should not be that difficult for you.
    It's not difficult at all. But your first post was at 13:11, and you're giving hurry-up notices at 13:25.
    That might turn some people off answering.

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    #6

    Re: Is the "being" needed here?

    My sincere apology. Actually, I urgently needed the help.

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    #7

    Re: Is the "being" needed here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe333 View Post
    Sentence: With regard to the certain information in the screenshot being obscured, it was done for protecting the privacy.

    PS: By obscured I mean that certain information has been blackened/darkened/blurred in the screenshot..I hope you get what I mean by that.

    Question: I am not being able to figure out whether the "being" is needed there in the sentence or not. Could you help me? I need the help urgently.

    Thanks
    With regard to certain information in the screenshot being obscured, this was done for reasons of privacy.
    With regard to certain information in the screenshot being obscured, this was done to protect privacy.

    Please note that even though you didn't want the construction changed, the suggestion that BarbD gave you was much better and neater than yours. It is very wordy to use "With regard to .... being obscured". Information like that should be put as succinctly as possible.

    Certain information has been obscured/hidden to protect privacy.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #8

    Re: Is the "being" needed here?

    'Being' is needed in the sentence, but 'the' before 'certain' and 'the' before 'privacy' are not.

    Rover

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    #9

    Re: Is the "being" needed here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe333 View Post
    Question: I am not being [this being was certainly NOT needed] able to figure out whether the "being" is needed there in the sentence or not. Could you help me? I need the help urgently.

    Thanks
    charliedeut
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Is the "being" needed here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe333 View Post
    Could you tell that without modifying my sentence? That will be more helpful. :)
    Barb used 'certain' because the words 'With regard to the' were unnecessary, and she changed the structure of the sentence because it was unnecessarily complex. She respected your original wording in the case of 'obscured', which I'd have changed to 'blacked out' or 'redacted', depending on register'.

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