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    #1

    Besides being a chess champion

    Besides being a chess champion, she is also good at singing.

    Hi,
    Is "being" in the above optional? Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: Besides being a chess champion

    No.
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    Re: Besides being a chess champion

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    No.
    Thanks, but can you explain why? Why is "being" in the following deletable?

    (Being) a child, John can't lift the heavy box.

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    #4

    Re: Besides being a chess champion

    Quote Originally Posted by LewisJian View Post
    Why is "being" in the following deletable?

    (Being) a child, John can't lift the heavy box.
    The sentence is incorrect without being.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: Besides being a chess champion

    What about the following? Is "Being" deletable?

    (Being) young, John can't lift the heavy box.

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    #6

    Re: Besides being a chess champion

    No.

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    #7

    Re: Besides being a chess champion

    I think we're seeing a pattern here- use being.

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