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    With being or without

    Dear teachers,

    May I ask if the word "being" can be omitted in the following sentence?
    With one of its objectives being to "Provide a testbed for developing 21st Century technology", the ISS has a great potential to support the development of technology for a lunar program.

    What if the sentence be written in the other way:
    "With one of its objectives providing a testbed for developing 21st Century technology", the ISS has a great potential to support the development of technology for a lunar program."

    What are the differences between them? Could you analyse the sentences from a grammtical perspective? Thanks you so much.

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    Re: With being or without

    There is a change of meaning; in the first, the objective is an intention, in the second, it is fulfilled.

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    Re: With being or without

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    There is a change of meaning; in the first, the objective is an intention, in the second, it is fulfilled.
    Pardon me for chipping in, what about the omission of "being" in the first, is it acceptable and the meaning remains the same?

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    Quote Originally Posted by albertino View Post
    What about the omission of "being", is it acceptable and the meaning remains the same?
    Ex: With one of its objectives providing a testbed ... ."
    <Objectives don't provide things. In that example, objective functions as the subject and providing its verb; e.g., With Max working overtime, we will be able to finish the job earlier than expected>

    Ex: With one of its objectives being (i.e., this:) to provide a testbed ... ."
    <the objective is this: to provide a testbed ...>

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    Re: With being or without

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Ex: With one of its objectives providing a testbed ... ."
    <Objectives don't provide things. In that example, objective functions as the subject and providing its verb; e.g., With Max working overtime, we will be able to finish the job earlier than expected>

    Ex: With one of its objectives being (i.e., this:) to provide a testbed ... ."
    <the objective is this: to provide a testbed ...>
    Thanks, Soup. One more question please.
    What is the difference between:
    "With one of its objectives being to provide a testbed ... ."
    and "With one of its objectives (w/o being) to provide a testbed ... ."
    Thanks again.

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    Re: With being or without

    With one of its objectives being to "Provide a testbed for developing 21st Century technology", the ISS has a great potential to support the development of technology for a lunar program.

    With one of its objectives of providing a testbed for developing 21st Century technology", the ISS has a great potential to support the development of technology for a lunar program.

    If you add 'of providing' to the 2nd sentence, I think the two sentencecs would have the same meaning.

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    Re: With being or without

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    With one of its objectives that of providing a testbed for developing 21st Century technology", the ISS has a great potential to support the development of technology for a lunar program.
    "With one of its objectives to provide a testbed" suggests that the objective is doing the acting.



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    Re: With being or without

    With one of its objectives __ that of providing a testbed for ...
    Ronbee
    I think the sentence is not complete without a word before that. 'Being' perhaps.
    What about 'one of its objective of providing'?

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