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    how to use be, being and been????

    hello,
    i am very confused about the use of be, being, been.How we can use these in our sentences. What can be the different utilities of these.pls explain it!!
    Thanks with regards!!

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    Re: how to use be, being and been????

    Quote Originally Posted by bbakshish View Post
    hello,
    i am very confused about the use of be, being, been.How we can use these in our sentences. What can be the different utilities of these.pls explain it!!
    Thanks with regards!!
    You used the verb well here in your question. However the question is wrongly formulated.
    You should have asked: ".... How can we use these in our sentences. What ARE the different USES of this verb? Please, explain. Thank you." [No exclamation marks needed here.]

    (I'm not a teacher; my main language is Portuguese.)


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    Re: how to use be, being and been????

    be, being, been:
    "be" occurs [some uses)
    1) as the bare form of the infinitive - "she can be difficult"
    2) as the imperative form - "be quiet"
    3) as the passive auxiliary - "she will be watched all the time"
    4) as the progressive auxiliary - "I'll be seeing you"
    5) as the linking verb in 1)

    being can occur
    as 1) a gerund - "being alone on my birthday was no fun"
    as 2) the progressive auxiliary - "the kids are being good"
    as 3) as the passive auxiliary - "I'm being observed in class this week"

    been occurs
    as the perfective participle - "I've been outside all day" / "I've been working on the railroad" / "I've been watched ever since I got here."

    This is only the tip of the iceberg. You should, if possible, look up BE in a good dictionary: Merriam-Webster, Cambridge,, Oxford, Longman, Random House....

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