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    #1

    being + P.P

    Being bitten by the vicious dog was quite a misfortune for Tommy.

    Is "being bitten" a gerund or participle and why ?

    what is the structure for "being + p.p" ?

    thanks in advance

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    #2

    Re: being + P.P

    Something was quite a misfortune for Tommy.
    Something is a noun or a gerund.
    So 'being bitten' is a gerund in the passive.

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    #3

    Re: being + P.P

    Quote Originally Posted by learning67 View Post

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    Please note that a better title would have been
    Being bitten by the vicious dog.

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    #4

    Re: being + P.P

    "Being bitten" is the subject of the sentence, so it must be a gerund.

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    #5

    Re: being + P.P

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Learning:


    In my opinion:

    [His] being bitten by the vicious dog (complete subject) + was (linking verb) + quite a misfortune for Tommy (subjective complement).


    James

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    #6

    Re: being + P.P

    In my opinion, the complete subject can be called a passive gerund phrase.

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