(a person) being less than

Estephany R.

Senior Member
Spanish - Colombia
Hi everybody.
As exercise, I need to improve this paragraph taking off negative sentences. But, English is not my first language and I am not sure about the usage of the present participle "being" here.

"Dependent relative" includes a member's child or adopted child who has not attained the age of 18 or has not ceased to receive full-time education or training.

My try:
"Dependent relative" includes a member's child or adopted child being less than 18 years old or still being receiving a full-time education or training.

Thanks,
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  • GreenWhiteBlue

    Senior Member
    USA - English
    Note that the use of double present participles in "being receiving" makes no sense at all.

    You can easily replace the "being" in each case with "who is":
    "Dependent relative" includes a member's child or adopted child who is less than 18 years old or who is still receiving a full-time education or training.
     

    entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    Your first 'being' is correct, but is legalese: changing it to 'who is' makes it plain English (laudable in legal language), and in fact it can be left out entirely:

    "Dependent relative" includes a member's child or adopted child less than 18 years old or who is still receiving a full-time education or training.
     
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