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    being dragged to is same as be dragged to?

    Terri was writhing and screaming and trying to beat at the front door, while from behind it came the sounds of furniture being dragged to form a barricade.

    1. being dragged to is same as be dragged to?

    2. being dragged to = adjective? phrase? noun?

    3. Can I write "...was dragged to..."?

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    Re: being dragged to is same as be dragged to?

    It is not "being dragged to" It is [being dragged] [to form]. "Being dragged" is a participial phrase acting as an adjective modifying "furniture". "Was dragged" will not work there.
    Last edited by MikeNewYork; 14-Jan-2015 at 14:35.

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    #3

    Re: being dragged to is same as be dragged to?

    Can 'being dragged' be a gerund phrase after the preposition 'of'?

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    #4

    Re: being dragged to is same as be dragged to?

    Can you provide a sentence?

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    #5

    Re: being dragged to is same as be dragged to?

    I think 'being required' is a gerund phrase in 'the problem of people being required to pay high taxes'. If I am right, why can't 'being dragged' be a gerund phrase in 'the sounds of furniture being dragged to form a barricade'?
    The sounds could have been made by the movement of being dragged instead of the furniture itself. Am I wrong?
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    Re: being dragged to is same as be dragged to?

    Yes, you are wrong. In your first example, "being required" is not a gerund phrase. It immediately follows a noun. That is a clue. In the furniture sentence the ing word also immediatelly follows a noun.

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    Re: being dragged to is same as be dragged to?

    'Sounds were made while furniture being dragged to form a barricade.'
    The ing word immediately follows a noun, but I think it should be a gerund because of the word 'while'. Am I wrong again?

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    #8

    Re: being dragged to is same as be dragged to?

    Sounds were made while furniture was being dragged to form a barricade. (independent clauses joined by a conjunction)

    You need a 'was' after furniture.

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    Re: being dragged to is same as be dragged to?

    Yes, you are wrong again. Ted is correct that you need "was" in that sentence. In that case "was being dragged" is a verb in the passive voice. It is not a gerund.

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    #10

    Re: being dragged to is same as be dragged to?

    Matthew may have been wrong twice on this thread, but I think he is learning fast.

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