I’ll be showing the difference between the homonyms, “been vs. being” and how you can possibly use them always at the right time without getting confused as to which to use per time. Note: For those who don’t know it yet, homonyms are basically a group of words that share the same spelling and the same pronunciation but have different meanings. So basically, been and being are homonyms.So without wasting much time, below are the plain difference between Been versus being.
Pronunciation. Being has two syllables. It’s pronounced as: be – ing. To illustrate myself better, it’s pronounced the same as the legume, “bean”.
On the other hand, “Been” also has a unique pronunciation. And it’s pronounced:Bin, just like the container.
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Being. Being is the present participle form of the verb to be.
It’s used to form constructive sentences with auxiliaries like: are, is, were, andwas.
- She is being scolded for running away for 5 years. Right
- She is been scolded for running away for 5 years. Wrong X
(Been can never be used with any of: is, are, were or was.)
- When we came out, 5 boys were being laughed to scorn by the crowd.Right
- When we came out, 5 boys were been laughed to scorn by the crowd.Wrong X
(Remember, been cannot be used with were, is, are, and was. Only “being” can be used with those words.)
Example: 3 (Do it yourself . . . And answer them in the comment section.)
- James was being held as a prisoner by the Russians in town.
- James was been held as a prisoner by the Russians in town.
- Peter is been difficult again.
- Peter is being difficult again.
- 2 girls are been beaten by those blonds as we speak.
- 2 girls are being beaten by those blonds as we speak.
The word “Being” can also be used as a noun meaning – “creature.”
- “I have a feeling that some human beings still live here.”
- “I saw a long being yesterday; I really don’t know what to call it.”
Being can also mean “Present” if you use it in the expression – “For the time being”.
- “For the time, let’s manage him. Maybe we’ll see some improvements as time goes on.”
- “He’ll be the head of the Corporation for the time being.”
Been. Been is the past participle of the verb to be.
It’s used to form constructive sentences with auxiliary verbs like has, have andhad in other to create perfect tenses.
- How long has it being since you last saw Andrew? Wrong X
(Being cannot be used with has; It’s only used with is, were, was and arerespectively.)
- How long has it been since you last saw Andrew? Right
- Mary and Peter have been crying for 1 hour since you left. Right
- Mary and Peter have being crying for 1 hour since you left. Wrong X
(Remember, being can never be used with has, have and had. But with – is,were, was and are.)
- He had been using one old strange phone for 20 years before his death.Right
- He had being using that old strange phone for 20 years before his death.Wrong X
(Lastly, don’t forget. Been is only used with Has, have, and had. Not with are,was, were and is.)
Example: 4 (Do it yourself . . . And answer them in the comment section.)
- Andrew had being a soldier before he became a lawyer.
- Andrew had been a soldier before he became a lawyer.
- Rose has been cooking that rice for 2 minutes now.
- Rose has being cooking that rice for 2 minutes now.
- Peter, James and Silas have being warned not to do it again.
- Peter, James and Silas have been warned not to do it again.
In other not to forget which is which at any point in time, you can use this little song to remember it:
Being with letter “G” is for SEES. I can “SEES” very well.
SEES are the last letters of –
Been with letter “N” is for H3. Has x Have x Had gives you H3.
I hope you can now differentiate between “Being” and “Been”now. And I also hope you can use them effectively to construct proper sentences now.