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    Sentences with the participle

    1)Being occupied with the work, I didn’t get time to talk to her.

    Is being necessary?

    Occupied with the work, I didn’t get time to talk to her.

    2) It being a small cot, he couldn’t sleep on it.

    Is it OK to rephrase this sentence in the following way

    Having a small cot, he couldn’t sleep on it.

    3) The dog having bitten the postman, the farmer decided to shoot it.

    Is it the "nominative absolute construction". If yes, would the following sentence be correct?

    The dog bite the postman, the farmer decided to shoot it.

    4) Being a child he didn't like to study. /Is this sentence wrong? Should it be: "When he was a child he didn't like to study." ?
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    Re: Sentences with the participle

    Quote Originally Posted by Kotfor View Post
    1)Being occupied with the work, I didn’t get time to talk to her.

    Is being necessary?

    Occupied with [the] work, I didn’t get time to talk to her. That's OK.


    2)
    It being a small cot, he couldn’t sleep on it.

    Is it OK to rephrase this sentence in the following way

    Having a small cot, he couldn’t sleep on it.

    The sentence starting "Having" does not mean the same as the first sentence, so you can't really call it rephrasing.

    3) The dog having bitten the postman, the farmer decided to shoot it.
    This sentence is totally incorrect. There are a couple of possibilities:
    - The dog, having bitten the postman, had to be shot by the farmer.
    - Having bitten the postman, the dog had to be shot by the farmer.

    - Having bitten the postman, the farmer decided to shoot the dog. (Note, potentially ambiguous, as it could mean that the farmer had bitten the postman!)

    Is it the "nominative absolute construction"? If yes, would the following sentence be correct?

    The dog bite bit the postman, the farmer decided to shoot it.

    emsr2d2
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Sentences with the participle

    2) What is the difference between them?

    3) I borrowed this sentence from here Forms of the Participle
    As far as I understand they consider it correct, somehow.

    4) Being a child he didn't like to study. /Is this sentence wrong? Should it be: "When he was a child he didn't like to study." ?

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