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    Default Question about been or being

    guys how are you doing?

    what are the differences between
    A: Sorry for being lat
    and
    B: Sorry for been late

    and what are the other uses of being

    Regards

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    Default Re: Question about been or being

    what are the differences between
    A: Sorry for being late
    and
    B: Sorry for been late


    Hi ibra.
    "Sorry for being late" is a correct sentence.
    "Sorry for been late" is not a correct sentence.

    what are the other uses of being
    .. this is a big question (and should therefore have a question mark) and I'll leave it for one of the grammar experts to try and provide a good answer. So I'll just say "sorry for being lazy". 8)

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    Default Re: Question about been or being

    I really appreciate your help. Actually I knew the second one " sorry for been late" is not correct. But why is not correct?

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    guys help me

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    Default Re: Question about been or being

    "Been" is a form of the verb "to be" that is used with other verbs.

    I have been.
    I had been.
    I will have been.


    I'm sorry that I've been late to the last few meetings. The class I had right before hand is over now, so I'll be on time from now on.

    Also, "Sorry for" requires a noun or noun-like thing.
    I'm sorry for my lateness.
    I'm sorry for the mistake.
    I'm sorry for being late (being late is a gerund, a form of a verb that acts like a noun)
    I'm sorry for missing the deadline.
    You need an -ing form here.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Question about been or being

    Quote Originally Posted by ibra121 View Post
    guys how are you doing?

    what are the differences between
    A: Sorry for being lat
    and
    B: Sorry for been late

    and what are the other uses of being

    Regards
    guys? how are you doing?

    What happened to 'Dear teachers, ... Could you ...?'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    The class I had right before hand is over now, so I'll be on time from now on.
    Hi Barb,

    This use of "before hand" confuses me. I didn't know it could mean the same as "before". I always thought it was to be used mainly in a context like "know something beforehand".

    Could you please tell me if that's correct?

    Thanks.

    Greetings,

    Charliedeut
    Last edited by charliedeut; 27-Jan-2011 at 09:15.

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    Default Re: Question about been or being

    Well, I wrote it instinctively as something I would say, so I can tell you it's natural, although it may not be technically logical.

    It would probably have been a better sentence simply as "before."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Question about been or being

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Well, I wrote it instinctively as something I would say, so I can tell you it's natural, although it may not be technically logical.
    That's exactly what I meant (or tried to mean, at least) when I asked: whether it was normal in speech.

    Thanks, Barb.

    Greetings,

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    Default Re: Question about been or being

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    This use of "before hand" confuses me.
    For me, beforehand is one word.

    It is an adverb, virtually synonymous with before (adverb), but not with before (preposition or conjunction).

    We have a similar situation with afterwards (adverb) and after (adverb, preposition or conjunction).

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