How can I use "been" or "being" in a sentence?


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An example of using both "been" and "being" in a sentence is: "I have been to Paris five times, and I am being considered for the position of ambassador." "Being" is the present participle of the verb "be," while "been" is the past participle.

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"Being" and "been" are both forms of the English verb "be." They are both participle verbs that require an auxiliary verb to precede them. These two words have different grammatical structures, and thus one only uses the word "been" after some form of the verb "have" but can use "being" in two different ways. The verb "have" is the auxiliary verb for "been" while any present-tense form of the verb "be" can precede "being." "Being" can be used as both a noun and a present participle after a form of the verb "be," such as "is," "am," "are," "was" and "were."

Some other examples of the word "been" in a sentence are:

They have been called already today.

She has been asked to leave before.

An example of the word "being" as a noun is: We are all human beings.

"Being" is used as a present partciple in these examples:

You are being impossible!

Who is being the leader in this situation?

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