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    Being done

    Hi guys,

    Are these sentenses correct?

    1) My hair broke because of being strangled.

    2) Hair will break because of being stangled.

    3) Hair break because of being strangled.

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    Re: Being done

    1 and 2 are grammatical. You can't strangle hair. Do you mean 'tangled'?

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    Re: Being done

    Ray, really? You'd say this "because of being" formation?
    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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    Re: Being done

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Ray, really? You'd say this "because of being" formation?
    I wouldn't say it. I don't like it much. I would say, "My hair broke because it was tangled."
    But my opinion was that it's grammatical. There's quite a few hits on COCA* Can you explain why it isn't? You might convince me.

    "He was fired because of being gay..." Admittedly, this is slightly different, meaning "fired for being gay" whereas the original doesn't mean "broken for being tangled".
    Last edited by Raymott; 12-Apr-2014 at 06:42.

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    Re: Being done

    Ok, yes I meant "Tangled" , ok so you are saying that first 2 sentences are correct. You are saying that you would say "It was tangled" instead of "Being tangled" , but I just want to know whether this "Being" formation can be used or not.

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    Re: Being done

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Ok, yes I meant "Tangled" , ok so you are saying that first 2 sentences are correct. You are saying that you would say "It was tangled" instead of "Being tangled" , but I just want to know whether this "Being" formation can be used or not.
    I think it is safe to say that the construction you are using is grammatically correct but not natural.
    Please read the posts #3 and #4:

    Barb: Ray, really? You'd say this "because of being" formation?
    Raymott: I wouldn't say it. I don't like it much.

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    Re: Being done

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Are these sentenses correct?
    Note the correct spelling of "sentenc​es".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Being done

    I guess what it comes down to is that I expect a clause after "because"

    It broke because it was (or had been) tangled.
    It broke from being so tangled.

    He was fired because he was gay.
    He was fired for being gay.
    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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