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    A grammatical question

    For many years, no one could communicate with people who had been born without hearing. These deaf people were not able to use a spoken language. But, beginning in the 1700s, the deaf were taught a special language. Using this language, they could share thoughts and ideas with others. The language they used was a language without sound. It was a sign language.
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    I would appreciate it, if you would change the underlined part into a complete clause.

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    Re: A grammatical question

    But, that changed at the beginning of the 1700s, (which is) when the deaf were taught a special language.


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    But, beginning in the 1700s, the deaf were taught a special language.

    I would appreciate it, if you would change the underlined part into a complete clause.
    However, that began to change in the 1700s; the deaf started being taught a special language.

    Is this what you had in mind?

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: A grammatical question

    Thank you, Soup and dragn for your kind answers.

    What I'd like to do is to transform the participle construction(the underlined part) into a clause.

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    Re: A grammatical question

    I'm not sure what definition of clause you're using, but I think you will find that they have: define:"clause" - Google Search


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    Re: A grammatical question

    I'd like to ask my question another way.
    What is the "subject" of "beginning" in the participle construction, beginning in the 1700s ?

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    Re: A grammatical question

    Hi Sariputra

    Ex: They began in the 1700s to teach the deaf a special language.


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    Re: A grammatical question

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Hi Sariputra

    Ex: They began in the 1700s to teach the deaf a special language.

    That's it. That's what I want to know. I am very, very grateful to you, Soup for your enlightening.

    As you let me know, the subject of the participle construction is "they", people in general.


    Therefore,
    But, beginning in the 1700s, the deaf were taught a special language.
    = But, when they began to teach the deaf a special language, the deaf were taught a special language.

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