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Hi teachers,

Is it correct the explanation given to this sentence?

Eric is looking very afraid of something.

Eric is giving the physical impression of being very afraid of something.

Can I change "being" for something else?

Thanks in advance
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Hi,

Is it correct the explanation given to this sentence? Yes

Eric is looking very afraid of something.

Eric is giving the physical impression of being very afraid of something.

Can I change "being" for something else? You could say eg seeming.

Clive
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Thinking SpainEric is giving the physical impression to be very afraid of something.
Is it also correct?
No!

You need "impression of", not just "impression". And if you need a verb form after a preposition, you always use an -ing form.

the impression of being afraid
the reason for being tired
the trouble with teaching gerunds
the process of manufacturing automobiles
fatigue from working too hard

"-ingafter a preposition" shouldn't be too hard for your students to remember -- in spite of the fact that the infinitive may be used there in their own native language! Emotion: smile

CJ
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Thanks Clive. What about saying?

Eric is giving the physical impression to be very afraid of something.

Is it also correct?

Just in terms for the students to understan it, "to be" seems easier than "being" or "seeming" for their understanding.

Thanks again
Hi,
What about saying?
Eric is giving the physical impression to be very afraid of something.

Is it also correct? No.

Just in terms for the students to understan it, "to be" seems easier than "being" or "seeming" for their understanding.
They need to get the concept of a gerund.
You give an impression of something.
eg He gives the impression of good health.
eg He gives the impression of being in good health.

Clive
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Thanks Clive. You are right. They need to know the gerund. As always you are a great help for me.
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