The difference between ‘being’ and ‘been

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  • When speaking, it is usually hard to tell if the person is using ‘been’ or ‘being’, depending on the accent. Whereas in writing, these words are used in different situations.

The words ‘being’ and ‘been’ are sometimes confused.

As a rule the word ‘been’ is always used after ‘have’ whereas ‘being’ is never used after ‘have’. It is used after ‘be’.

‘Been’ is the past participle of the verb ‘be’ and is usually used with the perfect aspect with ‘have’ in all its forms i.e. had and has

Example:

*I have been busy. NOT I have being busy.

‘being’ is the present participle of the verb ‘be’ and can be used with the continuous form of the verb ‘be’ is all its forms i.e. am, is, was, are and were.

Examples:

*When I arrived at the scene of the accident the victim was being placed in an ambulance.

*I don’t know why but John is being really difficult today.

I hope you can answer this.

Now complete the following using the correct form of been or being:

1. You have _ very helpful this week.

a. been
b. being

2.The greatest benefit is _in Paris.
a. been
b. being

3. The dog has be_ naughty.

a. been
b. being

4.The accident was caused by his _ so clumsy.

a. been
b. being

Winifred Enujeke.
Award winning Elocutionist.
Public speaking/Diction Coach.

 

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