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Hello, everyone,

“The way we present ourselves can speak more eloquently of the skills we bring to the table, if we actively cultivate that presentation. Nobody likes to be crossed off the list before being given the opportunity to show others who they are. Being able to tell your story from the moment you meet other people is a skill that must be actively cultivated, in order to send the message that you’re someone to be considered and the right person for the position.”

My question is whether we can leave out “being“ in above sentence. I assume as follows;

1. If we regard this ”being” after the preposition ‘before’ as a part of a passive gerund(being given), then, the leaving out maybe not good.

2. But if we regard the underlined sentence is either a participle construction where the conjunction ‘before’ is used for emphasis, or an adverbial clause where “we are” has been omitted, then, the leaving out may be possible.

Would hope to hear,

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deepcosmos1. If we regard this ”being” after the preposition ‘before’ as a part of a passive gerund (being given), then, the leaving it out maybe not good. may not be so good.

Correct. It would not be good to leave out 'before', because as you say, 'being given' is a passive gerund.

Only the -ing form is possible when you put a verb after a preposition.

before going, after playing basketball, for being late, ...

deepcosmos2. But if we regard the underlined sentence is as either a participle construction where the conjunction ‘before’ is used for emphasis, Emotion: shake or an adverbial clause where “we are” has been omitted,then, the then leaving it out may be possible.

No. 'before' is not the sort of word that is used for emphasis. In this sentence it expresses a time relationship that cannot be omitted without changing the meaning.

'given the opportunity ...' on its own can be an adverbial construction, but it wouldn't work in this sentence.

(to regard s.t. as X or Y; not to regard s.t. is X or Y.)

CJ

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deepcosmosMy question is whether we can leave out “being“ in above sentence.

No.

deepcosmos1. If we regard this ”being” after the preposition ‘before’ as a part of a passive gerund(being given), then, the leaving out maybe not good.

The sentence is not strictly grammatical, but everybody puts it that way, anyhow. "Being given" lacks a subject, and that's what you're sensing: "Nobody likes to be crossed off the list before (his) being given the opportunity to show others who they are." But everybody is content to let the remote "nobody" suffice.

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