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Reply to "leaving out ‘being’?"

Hi, Deepcosmos,

I'm not sure what you mean to say under (2) above. The truth is that you need "being" above, being short for "before they are given the opportunity ..." That is, "being" refers to the subject "nobody." "Being" can be eliminated with conjunctions like once, when, while, but is necessary after before, after.

Hi, Gustavo,

About above (2) please note my two examples;

1) Before (being) given this medicine, read all of this leaflet carefully. (a participle clauses)

2) Before (you are) given this medicine, read all of this leaflet carefully. (an adverbial clause)

In these cases 1), 2) we can omit "being", can I?

But,

3) Before (being) given this medicine, read all of this leaflet carefully. ("being given" as a passive gerund)

In case 3) I think the "being" omitting isn't possible.

So, I'm still confused if I can leave "being" out or not in my original sentence.

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