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    use of "being" in english

    could someone tell me about the use of 'being' ?
    like I do not understand the use of being in following

    ex: How to get over being dumped

    In this I did not understand the grammar rule behind the use of 'being'

    Please some one help me out
    thanks
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    Re: use of "being" in english

    Do you understand about Present Perfect tense?

    If so, look at this sentence:

    Sue has dumped Paul.

    'Sue' is the person doing the 'dumping', so this is Active voice.
    What is the sentence if you change it to Passive voice?
    Can you do that and post it?

    Also,look at this:
    I am in hospital.
    I was in hospital.

    What is this in Present Perfect tense?

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    Re: use of "being" in english

    thanks for you reply

    sorry I put a wrong example
    How to get over being dumped... this was the original one
    apart from this I want to know other use of 'being' except in is/am/are/was/were + being in active passive

    thanks

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    ex: How to get over being dumped
    1) Passive voice: be (am, are, was, were, or other tenses) + past tense of a verb

    eg1. Sue dumped Paul (active voice)

    eg2. Paul was dumped by Sue (passive voice)


    2) Any verb after a preposition should be changed into the form of gerund, that is preposition + (verb+ing).

    gerund =verb+ing

    In the phrase of 'get over', 'over' is a preposition, so you have to change 'be' into 'being'.


    There's other usage about 'being'. Please make sure you understand what I said above, and then we go further.

    Hope this helps.

    PS: I am not a teacher.

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    Re: use of "being" in english

    I understand whatever you mentioned but I want some more ....like in below example....

    it would fully participate with party leaders being part of the group.

    Thanks for previous reply

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    Re: Post 5

    You're very welcome. I'd like to mention about another grammatical term- present participle here.

    Form of present participle: verb+ing, be+ing

    1) A present particple phrase can act as a modifier to qualify a noun or a phrase.

    e.g. It would fully participate with party leaders being part of the group

    (=party leaders are part of the group)

    2) A present participle phrase can act as an adverbial.

    eg. Being a human being, I have to sleep and eat.

    (the virtual subject is 'I' for the phrase of 'being a human being')


    Please make sure you're clear at my explanations above, then we go further.

    PS: I'm not a teacher.






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    Re: use of "being" in english

    thanks for your reply
    till now it's ok for me. could you tell me more about......


    thanks in advance

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    Re: Post 7

    Let's go to gerund.

    The form of gerund is exactly same with present participle. Both of them are "verb+ing" or "be+ing". But they are called different grammatical terms according to its function in a sentence.

    Actually, any gerund or gerund phrase can act as a noun.

    verb/be+ing + (phrase) = a noun ( which can act as as a subject or object in a sentence)

    eg1. Reading books is a pleasure for me

    eg2. Being a human is better than being an evil.


    Hope this hopes.

    PS: I'd like to suggest you to study the grammar about participles and gerund, so you'll have a better idea about the usage of "being".

    (I am not a teacher)
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    Re: use of "being" in english

    Could you give me some good links for that...

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    Smile Re: use of "being" in english

    Quote Originally Posted by someone_india View Post
    Could you give me some good links for that...
    Here's the URL link about them. Please study it systematically first, and then put your questions here and let people help you. So we can make it easily.

    http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/627/01/

    PS: You can find a lot of learning material by Google search.

    For example, if you want to learn about 'gerund', just put the key word of 'gerund' into the searching box of Google, and click. You'll get a lot of info. about it.


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