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  1. NortT's Avatar
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    #1

    being VS to be

    Hello,

    I'd like to ask you when do I need to use "being" and when do I need to use "to be"? For example, I write something like this: "It is very beneficial to be famous" and "Being famous is very beneficial". Are these sentences correct or not ? Or maybe don't they sound good for you at all? Please rewrite my sentences in correct way with "to be" and "being". Maybe you know a good article which explains the differences between using "to be" and "being".
    Please, show me every single one of my mistakes. Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: being VS to be

    They are both grammatical.

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    #3

    Re: being VS to be

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    They are both grammatical.
    Thanks for your reply. What is "being" in this case? Is this present continuous or what? What is the difference between "Why is he being so silly?" and "Why is he so silly?"
    Please, show me every single one of my mistakes. Thank you.

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    #4

    Re: being VS to be

    'Being' is a gerund in 'Being famous is very beneficial'.
    'Being' is a present participle in 'Why is he being so silly?'. I take it to mean 'Why is he so silly at the moment?'.

    Not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: being VS to be

    Very good, Matthew. You seem to have gotten gerund versus participle.

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