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    What's the "is being used" mean?

    The more predictable alphabet.com is already being used by Alphabet International, a mobility services company helping large corporations manage employee transportation. Alphabet International is a member of the BMW Group.

    As above-mentioned that i don't
    understand is why the word "being" is using here?
    What's the being mean here?(be = is, are, was, were)
    According to my knowledge from high school that I think "is already used" here is correct.
    Can someone correct me ?
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    Re: What's the "is being used" mean?

    No. Is = present tense; used = past tense. "Is used" is a passive voice, for example, 'Soap is used to wash the hands.'
    The phrase "is already used" sounds like something has been consumed, for example, a napkin.

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    Re: What's the "is being used" mean?

    Both forms are possible. Both are passive, formed with part of BE and the past participle of USE.

    It is used - They use it.
    It is being used - They are using it.

    The progressive form plus 'already' suggests some immediacy.

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    Re: What's the "is being used" mean?

    As above-mentioned that What I don't understand is why the word "being" is using used here?
    What's the
    does "being" mean here? (be = is, are, was, were)
    According to my knowledge from high school
    , that I think "is already used" here is correct should have been used instead.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: What's the "is being used" mean?

    tedmc,
    "As above-mentioned"
    I always saw my business e-mail using that phrase. What's wrong?

    My staff is always using that phrase too.

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    Re: What's the "is being used" mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    "As above-mentioned"
    I would say 'As mentioned above', but I am not a teacher.

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