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Jigneshbharati
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 4:44:03 AM
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Sitting alone and enjoying your own company is better than being surrounded by fake people.
I saw this quote on Facebook.
What is the grammatical form and function of "being"?
Is "sitting alone and enjoying your own company" a present participle or gerund phrases acting as a subject?

Are they also called non finite clauses?
thar
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 5:10:26 AM

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If you have identified the subject and verb in the sentence, that should point you in the right direction.

And 'is better than' will have to compare two equivalent things.
So whatever the first part is, that will give you an indication of what the second part is.

What if the two parts were reversed?

Being surrounded by fake people is worse than sitting alone and enjoying your own company.
Харбин Хэйлунцзян 1
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 5:25:40 AM

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thar wrote:
What if the two parts were reversed?

Being surrounded by fake people is worse than sitting alone and enjoying your own company.

Probably he is confused by the use of the Passive 'being surrounded' as opposed to 'sitting'. It's only a guess.
Jigneshbharati
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 5:26:13 AM
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Thank you. Would you please explain the grammar points in question?
Харбин Хэйлунцзян 1
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 6:12:08 AM

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Jigneshbharati wrote:
Thank you. Would you please explain the grammar points in question?

If you are addressing me I'm not here to help people with grammar because I am not a teacher or a native speaker. Let us wait for someone who is to answer your question.
Audiendus
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 8:36:23 AM
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Jigneshbharati wrote:
Sitting alone and enjoying your own company is better than being surrounded by fake people.
I saw this quote on Facebook.
What is the grammatical form and function of "being"?
Is "sitting alone and enjoying your own company" a present participle or gerund phrases acting as a subject?

It is a gerund phrase acting as the subject. "Being surrounded by fake people" is also a gerund phrase.

Jigneshbharati wrote:
Are they also called non finite clauses?

Some grammarians may call them non-finite clauses, but this is not a generally accepted term. In traditional grammar, a clause must contain a finite verb. I would call them phrases, not clauses.
Jigneshbharati
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 8:40:24 AM
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Thank you. Is "being" a part of passive construction?
Audiendus
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 9:13:02 AM
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Jigneshbharati wrote:
Thank you. Is "being" a part of passive construction?

It can be regarded as part of a passive construction (fake people surround me = I am surrounded by fake people).

Alternatively, "being" can be considered a separate verb, and "surrounded by fake people" an adjectival phrase.
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