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    one exaple being?

    Dear Teachers,
    Could you please explain why the below sentence use "being" there instead of "was"? I tried to google "one example being " but couldn't find any sentence with that structure.



    However, Sparta's victory was only temporary, and Athens went on to produce philosophers such as Aristotle, and great orators, one example being Demosthenes.
    Thank you very much.
    ong

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    Re: one exaple being?

    Not a teacher.

    It implies that the example is one that is applicable now (is/being) as opposed to just in the past (was). Demosthenes may not be alive today, but he is still an example of a great Athenian orator. It has the same effect as "such as" in the part that says "...Athens went on to produce philosophers such as Aristotle..."

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    Re: one exaple being?

    Quote Originally Posted by ongshang View Post
    Dear Teachers,
    Could you please explain why the below sentence use "being" there instead of "was"? I tried to google "one example being " but couldn't find any sentence with that structure.



    However, Sparta's victory was only temporary, and Athens went on to produce philosophers such as Aristotle, and great orators, one example being Demosthenes.


    Thank you very much.
    ong
    It's a phrase, not a clause, so it doesn't need anything more than a comma. You could rewrite it with 'was', but you'd have to change the punctuation to avoid a comma-splice:
    However, Sparta's victory was only temporary, and Athens went on to produce philosophers such as Aristotle, and great orators; one example was Demosthenes.
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    Re: one exaple being?

    Thanks a lot thedeebo and bobk.

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