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Jigneshbharati
Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 2:06:53 AM
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Synthetic Phonics is a technical name that has nothing to do with being artificial! It is the synthesizing, or blending of phonemes (sounds) to make a word,enabling children to read.

http://www.getreadingright.co.uk/synthetic-phonics /

Is "being" a gerund like a noun as it's followed by a preposition "with"?

Does it mean "in the condition or in the state of something?

Are there any alternatives to "being"?
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 4:06:03 AM

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Hi!

I think you have separated the phrases in this sentence in the wrong places.

"Have to do with" is a phrasal verb (and "have nothing to do with" is its negative).
It means "concern" or "be about".

Synthetic Phonics is a technical name and it is not about being artificial! It is the synthesising, or blending of phonemes (sounds) to make a word,enabling children to read.

"being artificial" is a phrase acting as a noun.

I think that one would call it a gerund phrase. (I didn't learn about gerunds in school!) It is definitely acting, with 'artificial', as a noun-phrase.

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"In the condition or in the state of something" is an adjectival phrase, so they don't mean exactly the same.

See the third part of the answer.

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The verb "be" (being) in this sentence is used in a slightly different way from its normal 'linking-verb' usage.
It is more of a dynamic action-verb.
It is like "acing in a specific way temporarily".

For example:
My son is naughty. - that is his nature. It is a condition or state of being.

My son is being naughty. - that is how he is acting right now. It is temporary. It is not his normal state of being, it is his current action.

So the alternatives would be action verbs.

Synthetic Phonics is a technical name that has nothing to do with acting in an artificial way! It is the synthesising, or blending of phonemes (sounds) to make a word,enabling children to read.
Synthetic Phonics is a technical name that has nothing to do with speaking in an artificial manner! It is the synthesising, or blending of phonemes (sounds) to make a word,enabling children to read.



Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Jigneshbharati
Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 8:36:02 AM
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Thanks Drago!!!
IMcRout
Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 10:35:39 AM

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While I agree with most of what Drag0n wrote, I do not see 'being' as a 'dynamic action-verb'. Being young, being old, being natural or artificial are rather stative to me.
The sentence says only that the term 'synthetic' in this case does not mean 'artificial'.

And yes, if the phrase is acting as a noun, it can be called a gerund.

I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger. (Anon)
NKM
Posted: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 1:22:18 PM

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I must agree that "being" (in "being artificial") is stative rather than active.

It is an active verb in phrases like "being stubborn" or "being uncooperative", when it deals with behavior at a particular time.

Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 2:49:05 AM

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They disagreed!



I read the sentence as 'a temporary state' - sort of "I normally speak like this, naturally. However occasionally you will catch me 'being artificial' and speaking posh."

I can totally see what you mean, though.


Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
IMcRout
Posted: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 9:10:50 AM

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There, there Drag0n



I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger. (Anon)
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