Here in my country, some English teacher says that the sentence 'Being walking along the street, I saw a man with five dogs." is grammatically correct in the whole her life. And she says that Even native English speakers do not know English grammar well or better than she knows.

How can I deal with this issue and do you agree that the sentence is absolutely grammatically correct?

Do you have any ideas about this situation? Thank you so much as usual in advance.


The sentence isn't correct. If you leave out being, it's fine. Being is usually used to indicate a reason in clause equivalents or reduced clauses: Being tired, I went to bed. (Because I was tired, I went to bed.)


Hans51Being walking Walking along the street, I saw a man with five dogs.

The original is wrong. It should be as shown. There is no participial construction in English like "being walking".

Hans51How can I deal with this issue

It won't be easy because it's a conflict between teacher and student. It depends on your personal relationship with the teacher, if any. In any case, if you really want to pursue the matter, you may have to be very diplomatic.

In any case, the British writer Palmer makes this quite clear in his book "The English Verb". On page 34, you will find a chart of infinitivals and participials, and "being -ing" is specifically mentioned as impossible.

Here's a link:


Set the page to 49/284 at the lower right. It will show you page 34. The chart I'm referring to looks like this:

(1/2) ........ to take .................. taking
(3/4) ........ to be taking ....... (no *being taking)
(5/6) ........ ...

The asterisk ( * ) means "ungrammatical".

Note the following in the paragraph above the chart:

For the participials ... there are no forms containing two consecutive -ing forms.


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I have no idea about that structure. It's unfamiliar to me. But overall, having two following words with "ing" doesn't sound better. You could make it clearer and better by saying:

"While I was walking along the street, I saw a man with five dogs.", or shorter like:

"While walking along the street, I saw a man with five dogs."

Take a definite answer from the teachers, though.

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