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    Hope! is offline Newbie
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    Question Her homework (being) finished ...

    "When her homework was finished, she went out to play.=
    Her homework finished, she went out to play. (Coursebook key answer)"


    My personal answer was: "Her homework being finished, she went out to play", but I was told that it's bookish/not common.


    In terms of grammar, does that mean that a time clause in passive can only be replaced by a past participle?

    Here's another example that confused me:
    "Because the windows were painted shut, he could only open the door. = The windows being painted shut, he could only open the door. (Coursebook key answer)".
    Why doesn't the key just use"The windows painted shut" and it adds "being" as well?
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    Re: Her homework (being) finished ...

    Welcome to the forum.

    I see that you asked the same question in WordReference and got 12 replies. Were you not satisfied with those answers? That would be the only reason for posting again here.

    I mention this, and give a link to the thread in the other forum, to save our members having to spend time writing answers which you may already have read elsewhere.

    You could have done the same.

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    Please note that I have changed your thread title. PARTICIPLES would not have been an acceptable title in WordReference, and it isn't here.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    Re: Her homework (being) finished ...

    Hello!

    Getting different answers just leaves me wondering which is the right one, so I felt like....."asking a teacher".

    Thank you.

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    Re: Her homework (being) finished ...

    "Her homework finished, she went out to play" is just as bookish as the original. No-one speaks that way.
    Your key is inconsistent. Either version is correct grammatically, but you'll never need to use either version - only to understand it if you read it somewhere.

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