I know that the the following two sentences are validly structured.

Pets being welcome, she stayed at the hotel with her dog.


As pets were welcome, she stayed at the hotel with her dog.

The following sentence combines elements of the first two sentences. Is this third sentence grammatically valid, and if not, why not?

As pets being welcome, she stayed at the hotel with her dog.

2 Answers 2


In the sentence about which you are asking, the word being is a present participle, and is used in a manner that is awkward. The subordinating conjunction as normally would introduce a dependent clause. That dependent clause would need to have a verb. Since being is not acting as a verb, that group of words does not form a proper clause, and so it sounds awkward.

Omitting as, as you do in the first sentence, works well, and might even be the best choice. I would classify Pets being welcome as an absolute phrase that modifies the independent clause.

The second sentence is proper. It is proper because were acts as a verb. A proper dependent clause thus is formed, and so As properly acts a subordinating conjunction introducing that clause. Also, I note that the verb tenses match: were and stayed.

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    "As pets being welcome" is not grammatically correct, but if you say it most native English speakers would know what you meant.
    – alephzero
    Commented Jun 23, 2021 at 18:06

Here is a recommendation based on common style (such as AP) and standard usage:

Because pets were welcomed, she stayed at the hotel with her dog.

Here are reasons for this recommendation:

"Because" is a less stylized, more understandable word for describing a cause than "as".

"Were welcomed" is a more simple form than "Being welcome", especially for a circumstance that was completely in the past.

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