In the sentence:
Being the chairman is a huge responsibility.
Is 'Being the chairman' a clause? It has a subject, but is being here a verb?
These -ing forms are kind of runts of the verb world, not much use as verbs on their own. On their own they are nouns or adjectives.
'Is being' is the Present Continuous.
So is 'Being the chairman' a clause? Does the original sentence have one or two clauses? That's what I'd like to know. Thanks!
"Being a chairman" is subject of the sentece, the predicate is is and the object is a huge responsibility.It is not a clause.
Additionally, Being can be part of a verb; e.g., he is being serious, he was being funny, etc., but it cannot be a verb.
In our example sentence below, Being sits alone, which makes it verbal, not a verb:
Ex: Being the chairman is a huge responsibility. <noun>
Paraphrased: This job is a huge responsibility. <noun>
It is a nominal phrase that functions as if it were one word with an identifiable part of speech.
Present continous is a tense that is realised by an auxiliary "to be" form plus the present participle form of the verb.
Would you then please comment on this, I found on a grammar web site.
Soup had already explained to me in a question about Leaving home that leaving was a verbal noun and can take an object as it is 'verbal'.
But this is from a university in England.
I should not care to contradict them, although I don't see that it is a clause.
That-clause  That his theory was flawed soon became obvious
Nominal Relative clause What I need is a long holiday
To-infinitive clause To become an opera singer takes years of training
-ing clause Being the chairman is a huge responsibility
What you've been able to find on the Web is all correct.
Modern linguists accept the idea of a non-finite clause, a clause that is organized around a non-finite verb (Source, Wikipedia).
Finite clause: the verb is conjugated (past, present, future)
Non-finite clause: -ing clauses and infinitive clauses
Ex: Being the chairman is ... .