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What a misery being young can be! From a book How should I parse the sentence? What a misery being | young can be? What a misery | being young can be?
Oct 15, 2019 9:56 AM
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Like Tim, I'm not sure about the notation, but "being young" is the subject of the sentence (as you can see in Tim's paraphrase), and is a gerund. Does that help? It might be easier to see the structure here: "What a misery studying can be!" "What a misery marriage can be!"
October 15, 2019
I guess the second one, I haven’t seen that notation. If you change the order and replace what with such, it would be “Being young can be such a misery.”
October 15, 2019
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