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    being the fact

    I'm lookingforward to Sunday, the only fly in the ointment being the fact that I'll have to sit next to my mother-in-law.
    This is the definition for the idiom from Cambridge Dictionary. What is the grammatical function of " being the fact" here ?and what part of speech does it belong to?


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    Re: being the fact

    'Being' is a present participle.

    'Being the fact' is a wordy way of saying 'is'.

    '...the only fly in the ointment is that I'll have to sit next to my mother-in-law'.
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    Re: being the fact

    Using 'is' introduces a comma splice - probably the reason for "being the fact".
    "... being that I'll have to sit ..." is also correct

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