LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||07/JUN/2007 6:11 AM|
|Assunto:||ing been participle|
Try Longman's. In the section for verbs, try "-ing".
It's very clear and accepted that a gerund (a verb form ending in -ing) is a noun and a noun can belong to someone or something. A car can be his and a current can be that of the Gulf Stream, etc. In the case of "being + past participle", however, I'm not sure if it can be considered a gerund and, therefore, a noun. It's certainly treated like one.
His being sick has been a problem for the employer.
My being tired doesn't mean that I don't want to accompany you.
Let me know what you find out.
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