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    • Join Date: Jan 2007
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    #1

    not being able to

    It can also mean not being able to communicate effectively with somebody e.g. a parent with a child.

    I wonder what kind of sentence is this. Is the "being" a gerund in this sentence? If possible, could you provide me at least one more example of this kind?

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    #2

    Re: not being able to

    ''Is the "being" a gerund in this sentence?''

    Yes, it is. As 'mean+gerund'


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    #3

    Re: not being able to

    Then what is that "able" after the gerund "being". Is this a verb? if not, please tell me which parts of speech is that.

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    #4

    Re: not being able to

    'able' is adj. To be able to do sth = can do sth


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    #5

    Re: not being able to

    Thank you very much.

    But I can't believe the "able" is an adjective. I know I may be wrong. Could you tell me why it is an adjective? i.e. to which noun it modifies.


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    #6

    Re: not being able to

    It modifies the understood [person] who is the subject of the phrase: "It can also mean [you/he/the person/a person] not being able to..."

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