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I am reading my son's book - Raider's peril.

Eleven-year-old Katka feels most at home when she is not being Katka.

Why do we need "being" in "being Katka"? What is the grammatical form and function of "most" in "most at home"?

Doesn't "when she is not Katka" also grammatically correct and make sense? What is the difference in meaning? I am sorry the word being always gives me trouble!

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JigneshbharatiEleven-year-old Katka feels most at home when she is not being Katka.

Eleven-year-old Katka feels most at home when she is not Katka. - This is impossible. For example, "3 is not 3" is a mathematical falsehood.


Eleven-year-old Katka feels most at home when she is not being Katka.

This is entirely possible. Usually Katka is very very shy. She does not talk much. She does not like to be in large groups. She never raises her hand in class.


Sometimes Katka is very happy, enthusiastic and outgoing. She is the life of the party. At these times, Kattka is not being Katka. She is not being herself.

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JigneshbharatiWhy do we need "being" in "being Katka"?

"To be" is usually stative, but it can be active, as it is here. She is acting the role of Katka.

JigneshbharatiWhat is the grammatical form and function of "most" in "most at home"?

"At home" is an adjective meaning "secure and comfortable". "Most" is an adverb modifying "at home", meaning "superlatively".

JigneshbharatiDoesn't "when she is not Katka" also grammatically correct and make sense?

Isn't "when …?

It is possible but far from clear in the meaning intended.

JigneshbharatiWhat is the difference in meaning?

The meaning is the same, but without "being", the reader has to go on a little safari to find it.

JigneshbharatiI am sorry the word being always gives me trouble!

There is no more basic word or concept than "to be". Shakespeare knew this. It plays all sorts of tricks because it has been around forever.

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