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Hi all

I saw this thread on another English forum. The correct answer is (C). Someone gave an explanation:

The weather being nice, we decided to go hiking = As the weather was nice, we decided to go hiking

It somehow doesn't feel natural to me. Do you native speakers really say "The weather being nice, we decided to go hiking." in a real conversation?

The weather ___ nice, we decided to go hiking.
  (A) was 
  (B) would be 
  (C)being 
  (D)to be

Can someone please explain the grammar here?

Thanks a lot
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Hi,

C is indeed correct.

You're right that it's not something we'd tend to say in casual conversation. It's more careful English, and even sounds a bit literary, so it would be more likely to be found in quite formal writing.

You could call this a participle clause that has its own subject (the weather).

Best wishes, Clive
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yep that doesn't sound right, the correct way would be:-
(A) The weather "was" nice, we decided to go hiking..

This is because we are speaking in past tense so the word would be "was". As for the other options
(B) and (D) is are more used when speaking about the future, while (C) is used when talking about the present. However, it wouldnt be used in that sentance as it still doesnt sound right, instead it's better to use the word "is".
B, C and D would go as follow

(B) The weather "would be" nice, we are/(we're) going to go hiking. (Future tence)

(C) The weather "is" nice, we're going hiking. (Present tence)

(D)The weather is going "to be" nice. We're going to go hiking. (Future tence)

Hope this helps
Hi, and welcome to the forums, but I'm afraid your answer is incorrect.
therjwyep that doesn't sound right, the correct way would be:-

(A) The weather "was" nice, we decided to go hiking..

This is because we are speaking in past tense so the word would be "was".
No, this creates a comma splice, in which two independent clauses are incorrectly joined by a comma. You could say "The weather was nice, SO we decided to go hiking" but you cannot join them with just a comma.