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    #1

    Being

    What kind of structure is this?
    It depends on the weather being good.

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    #2

    Re: Being

    What do you mean? It is perfectly normal.

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    Re: Being

    I just know it's correct but I don't know how it is correct?
    Why is the -ing form? Is there any deduction in "the weather being good"?
    What is the original form?

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    #4

    Re: Being

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    Why is the -ing form?
    I think 'being' should be used instead of 'is' because you cannot use a clause directly after prepositions such as 'on', but I am not a teacher.

    Quote Originally Posted by English4everyone View Post
    What is the original form?
    In my humble opinion, 'the weather is good' is a sentence, and it could be used as a clause in 'It depends on whether the weather is good'.

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    Re: Being

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    In my humble opinion, 'the weather is good' is a sentence, and it could be used as a clause in 'It depends on whether the weather is good'.
    I think you can also replace 'whether' with 'if'.

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    #6

    Re: Being

    'Whether' sounds better to me in this context, but I am not a teacher.

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    #7

    Re: Being

    While 'if' and 'whether' are sometimes interchangeable. only the latter is normally used after prepositions.
    Last edited by Piscean; 07-Aug-2015 at 15:11. Reason: error

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    #8

    Re: Being

    Both give the same meaning though.

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    #9

    Re: Being

    Quote Originally Posted by English4everyone View Post
    What is the original form?


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


    Hello, English:

    It seems that Matthew Wai has again hit the nail on the head.

    By googling, I was able to find several dozen examples. Here are just three:

    1. "It depends on whether the weather is good or bad."

    2. "The danger ... depends on whether the weather is hot or cold on the day of the climb."

    3. "Our ski trip depends on whether the weather is appropriate."

    *****

    I was not able to find many examples of "on the weather being," even though I am guessing that many (most?) native speakers would prefer the sound of "on the weather being" to "whether the weather is."

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    #10

    Re: Being

    James, are you sure you spelled the search parameters correctly? My search returned 570,000 hits.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=%22d...ather+being%22

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