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@GBLSU posted:

Rather than be engaged actively in the lesson, he may have been preoccupied with trying to imagine pumpkin pie.

Is <Being> possible instead of <be>?

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Yes, GBLSU, it is possible to use "being" instead of "be" there. Indeed, "being" is much better than "be," as we can see by rearranging the sentence:

  • He may have been preoccupied with trying to imagine pumpkin pie rather than being actively engaged in the lesson.

As a simple matter of grammatical parallelism, "trying to imagine pumpkin pie" is being contrasted with "being engaged in the lesson."

Yes, GBLSU, it is possible to use "being" instead of "be" there. Indeed, "being" is much better than "be," as we can see by rearranging the sentence:

  • He may have been preoccupied with trying to imagine pumpkin pie rather than being actively engaged in the lesson.

As a simple matter of grammatical parallelism, "trying to imagine pumpkin pie" is being contrasted with "being engaged in the lesson."

Thank you.

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