first poster here.
I need help with the following sentence, written by my Vietnamese student.
He wrote "The forest being polluted is the consequence of our actions." Now I'm not looking to rephrase the sentence in any way, I just want to understand what the function of being polluted is.
It's not an adjective, although it is part of the noun group. It's no gerund as it's not a noun and I've already been through my grammar book, to no avail.