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Is there anything wrong with the following sentence? Being a few minutes late is no reason for dismissing her. Should it be "Being a few minutes late is no reason for her being dismissed." or "Being a few minutes late is no reason for us to dismiss her/for her to be dimissed." ?
Oct 4, 2018 9:06 AM
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No...and yes. It's the sort of thing that we all say all the time. There's no obvious grammatical error that jumps out at you, and it's very clear what it means. In conversation, this would be fine. However, you are right to be dubious about it. We shouldn't really have two gerunds referring to different subjects : the 'being' refers to the employee, while the 'dismissing' refers to the management. Your alternatives are preferable.
October 4, 2018
Versions 1,3, and 4 are all fine. Which one to use depends on who is talking to whom, and whether you want to be direct.
October 4, 2018
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