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Could anyone please explain why the writer used "being" in the first sentence but not the second one? 

 

▪ Lots of people are very interested in politics. People who vote, follow current events, and register with political parties are 𝐛𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠 political. On the other hand, some people don't care about such things: 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐩𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥.

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I agree with Gustavo's assessment of the passage. I don't like "are being political" as the predicate in the first sentence and think that "participate in the political process" would be much better: "People who vote, follow current events, and register with political parties participate in the political process." As for the people who "don't care about such things," I'm used to such people being described as "apathetic," though "apolitical" also works.

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