# Thread: Given, being given, if given, when given?

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## Given, being given, if given, when given?

____ the choice of a fine home downtown and a modest one in the suburbs, the latter will win.

A. Being given
B. Given
C. If given
D. When given

My textbook says option B is correct, but I don't know why the others are wrong.
Last edited by Outre; 06-Nov-2017 at 15:33.

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## Re: Given, being given, if given, when given?

I also fail to understand why a modest home ("the latter") could be given "the choice." "The choice" should be given to somebody able to think but not to a "home."

3. ## Re: Given, being given, if given, when given?

It's a very poorly worded question. The finished sentence should read:

Given the choice between a fine home downtown and a modest one in the suburbs, most people [will] choose the latter.

However, you're right that b) isn't the only possible answer there. "If given" and "When given" would work too, though they would still only work if the sentence ended properly!
The only one that's not possible is a) in that scenario. It would work in:

Being given the choice between mansion and a small house would be great, and it would be a really easy decision.

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## Re: Given, being given, if given, when given?

But I still don't know the meaning of "being given."

Why can't I say:

Being given the choice between a fine home downtown and a modest one in the suburbs, most people (will) choose the latter.

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## Re: Given, being given, if given, when given?

Originally Posted by Outre
Why can't I say:

Being given the choice between a fine home downtown and a modest one in the suburbs, most people (will) choose the latter.
You can.

6. ## Re: Given, being given, if given, when given?

Originally Posted by Outre
My textbook says option B is correct, but I don't know why the others are wrong.
I would not place too much trust in the Chinese when it comes to English learning.

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## Re: Given, being given, if given, when given?

Originally Posted by Matthew Wai
I would not place too much trust in the Chinese when it comes to English learning.
I agree with you. Some textbooks do not differentiate British English and American English. Some contain very old-fashioned expressions. I would prefer ESL teaching materials.

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## Re: Given, being given, if given, when given?

Originally Posted by emsr2d2
The only one that's not possible is a) in that scenario.
Sorry, I don't know which scenario you referred to. Could you (or someone else) tell me the whole wrong sentence?

I think "given," "being given," and "when/if given" are all omitted from "when/if XXX is (being) given."
Last edited by Outre; 07-Nov-2017 at 04:29.

9. ## Re: Given, being given, if given, when given?

Originally Posted by Outre
Sorry, I don't know which scenario you referred to. Could you (or someone else) tell me the whole wrong sentence?
I think the scenario refers to the following sentence, although GoesStation said you could use 'Being given' there.
Originally Posted by emsr2d2
Given the choice between a fine home downtown and a modest one in the suburbs, most people [will] choose the latter.
'Being' is not needed before the participle 'Given', which modifies 'most people'.
I think 'being' is not needed below either.
Originally Posted by Outre
"when/if XXX is (being) given."

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