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Most of the risks can easily be avoided if the diver knows how to be careful. If not, serious accidents can occur. If there's a problem with the air tank, the diver could end up (being) stuck too far underwater to be able to get up in time to breathe.

Hi,
Is "being" in above optional? If it must be omitted, could you tell me the reason?
Besides, what are the differences between "the diver could end up stuck ..." and "the diver could be stuck ... ?" Thanks.
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Angliholicthe diver could end up (being) stuck too far underwater to be able to get up in time to breathe.
The correct form is "being stuck".The reason is that the phrasal verb "end up" needs a noun for a direct object.. "being" is a gerund, which is used as a noun. Examples from the dictionary are:
He thought he'd end up living in the city. He ended up marrying his high school sweetheart.
The other sentence is:

If there were a problem, he would be stuck too far underwater ... "be" does not take a direct object, so the predicate adjective "stuck" is used.
Stuck is the past participle of "stick"
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Angliholicthe diver could end up (being) stuck too far underwater to be able to get up in time to breathe.
The correct form is "being stuck".The reason is that the phrasal verb "end up" needs a noun for a direct object.. "being" is a gerund, which is used as a noun. Examples from the dictionary are:

He thought he'd end up living in the city. He ended up marrying his high school sweetheart.

The other sentence is:

If there were a problem, he would be stuck too far underwater ... "be" does not take a direct object, so the predicate adjective "stuck" is used.

Stuck is the past participle of "stick"

Thanks, AlpheccaStars.

But the original (from an English magazine) omits "being," so I wonder whether it's better to have "being" or not.

Btw, are there any differences between "he would end up stuck ..." and "he would be stuck ...?"

ANgliholic:
English is an extremely versatile language. There are many ways to say the same thing.
"being" could be omitted if the phrasal verb is being used as a linking, rather than an action verb.
I think it is better as an action verb, because there is an action (swimming, diving) to end up in the place where he gets stuck.
"Would be" is a linking verb, just indicating the state in which he finds himself