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Being a stickler that he is Options
Jigneshbharati
Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017 4:13:56 AM
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It's one of his toughest films, as the actor -- being the stickler that he is -- went through great lengths to prepare for his character, who gets stuck in a high-rise building for 10 days without food, water or electricity.
'I'm not mentally prepared to marry. I still feel like a kid'
Please explain the grammatical form and function of "being the stickler that he is"?
I understand the meaning just wants to understand the grammar of "being" and "that he is".
thar
Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017 4:40:48 AM

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I just want to say it is important here that the definite article is used.

Being the stickler that he is...
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, March 20, 2017 8:35:28 AM

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Hi!

I agree with thar - it must be 'the stickler' not 'a stickler'.

The whole phrase "being the stickler that he is" is a (parenthetic) participle phrase.
One could say it's an adjectival phrase describing 'the actor'
or one might describe it as an adverbial describing why he went to great lengths.
I would say it's an adverbial phrase.

"being" is the participle
"the stickler" is the major part of the complement
"that he is" is a relative clause, qualifying 'the stickler' (so is an adjectival clause)

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
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