taken aback after being/ having been elected

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Ergulis

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Hello, I was wondering if the other option is grammatically acceptable too.

1. He was rather taken aback after being elected as president.
2. He was rather taken aback after having been elected as president.

Thanks
 
  • Englishmypassion

    Senior Member
    India - Hindi
    I'm afraid, I find the use of "after" with "taken aback" unnatural and "after having been" even more unnatural as "after" and "having been" both express the completion in the past and together. I hope somebody chips in to explain that better or simply refute my statement. Thanks.
     

    DonnyB

    Sixties Mod
    English UK Southern Standard English
    Yes, I think the combination of "after" with "having been" makes that sentence sound odd.

    If you replace "after" with "at", then either version will work, I think:
    1a. He was rather taken aback at being elected as president.
    2a. He was rather taken aback at having been elected as president. :)
     
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