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    #1

    punished for doing/having done

    Hi,

    Rita: Hello?
    Mom: They're in bed.
    Rita: Why so early?
    Mom: Cody is being punished for sneaking away to make a phone call without permission.

    Taken from 'Dexter.'

    I would like to ask if putting 'having sneaked away' instead of 'sneaking away' makes the sentence same in meaning:

    Mom: Cody is being punished for having sneaked away to make a phone call without permission.

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: punished for doing/having done

    I am a Non-NEST ( Non-Native English Speaking Teacher)

    I have asked a similar question in this forum. The answer was something like "strictly speaking, for past actions we use 'having done...', but in modern English people tend to use just the ing-form".
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #3

    Re: punished for doing/having done

    Both "He is being punished for sneaking out" and "He is being punished for having snuck out" are acceptable. I don't know if "snuck" is used in any other variant but it's used in BrE.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: punished for doing/having done

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I don't know if "snuck" is used in any other variant but it's used in BrE.
    It's nearly universal in AmE.
    I am not a teacher.

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