The English elm tree, (being) a native of Europe,

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Ocham

Senior Member
Japanese
In the following sentence, I don't understand why "being" is
unnecessary, or rather incorrect in this context.

The English elm tree, (being) a native of Europe, has been
widely planted in North America.
 
  • Cagey

    post mod (English Only / Latin)
    English - US
    The English elm tree, being a native of Europe, has been widely planted in North America.

    When you include 'being' in the sentence, you suggest that the elm tree has been widely planted in North America because it is a native of Europe. In this construction, 'being' introduces a cause or reason.

    The English elm tree, a native of Europe, has been widely planted in North America.

    This is a simple apposition; a native of Europe simply refers to 'the English elm tree' using different words. It does not suggest a causal relationship.
     
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