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    Exclamation Given my past record

    Could you please explain this structure which starts with the participle?

    Given my past record, it seemed unlikely that my abilities would improve in the future.
    Being asked why he is late, he hesitated to respond.
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    Re: Participle

    'Given' is a preposition according to http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...nglish/given_2
    'Being asked' is a passive present participle modifying the subject 'he' according to http://www.grammaring.com/the-forms-of-the-participle
    I would use 'was' instead of 'is'.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Participle

    For the second, I would use either:

    Asked why he was late, he hesitated to respond.
    When asked why he was late, he hesitated to respond.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Given my past record

    Please note that I have changed your thread title.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

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



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