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    Been/being meaning?

    Hello, I would like to know what is the meaning of the sentences:

    1. Mark is being generous
    What is the meaning and what is the difference between that and Mark is generous.
    What is the propose of being here?

    2. Being told what to do is not pleasant
    What is the meaning of the sentence and what is the propose of being here?


    There are too many options for using "be", it creates problem in understanding, is there a tip for that?

    Thank.

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    Re: Been/being meaning?

    Quote Originally Posted by captain1 View Post
    Mark is being generous.

    What is the meaning and what is the difference between that and 'Mark is generous'?
    The progressive/continuous aspect usually draws attention to the limited duration of an event or state. 'Mark is being generous' probably refers to a particular action of Mark that demonstrates his (temporary) generosity. 'Mark is generous' places no limits on his generosity. It suggests that he is always generous.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 01-Nov-2015 at 16:52. Reason: Fixed typo

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    Thank you for your answer. What is the meaning of sentence number two? Thanks again.

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    Re: Been/being meaning?

    Quote Originally Posted by captain1 View Post
    Being told what to do is not pleasant
    'Being' is a gerund here, the form of the verb that has some characteristics of a noun - it can function as the subject of a verb, for example. This sentence means that the state of being told what to do is unpleasant. It has a similar meaning to 'It is not pleasant when somebody tells you what to do'.

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    Re: Been/being meaning?

    I would say a gerund is a noun that retains some characteristics of a verb.

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    Re: Been/being meaning?

    Quote Originally Posted by captain1 View Post
    1. Mark is being generous

    What is the propose of being here?
    If you mean 'purpose', I would think that 'being' refers to the moment when the sentence is used.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Been/being meaning?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    TheParser: I got the job that I applied for!

    Mona: I don't understand. You don't know anything about computers.

    TheParser: The manager said that he would give me a chance to learn how to use computers.

    Mona: By the way, is the manager over there named Mark?

    TheParser: Why, yes. How did you know?

    Mona: Well, Mark is famous for being extremely kind. Believe me, Mark was being overly generous, as usual. No other manager would have hired you. I certainly wouldn't have!
    Thanks, I have a question: your answer creates a conflict with the answer of Piscean - ". 'Mark is being generous' probably refers to a particular action of Mark that demonstrates his (temporary) generosity"


    So, Mark is being generous = he is not really generous, its just one-time or this moment?
    Or mark is being generous - we can't draw conclusion about the frequency of being generous?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Been/being meaning?

    Quote Originally Posted by captain1 View Post
    So, Mark is being generous = he is not really generous, its just one-time or this moment?
    I think he is generous at the moment, but I don't know whether he is usually generous because the sentence says nothing about it.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Been/being meaning?

    Quote Originally Posted by captain1 View Post
    Thanks, I have a question: your answer creates a conflict with the answer of Piscean - ". 'Mark is being generous' probably refers to a particular action of Mark that demonstrates his (temporary) generosity"
    There is no conflict. The second use of 'being' in TheParser's dialogue is as part of a progressive form. Mark was being overly generous (behaving in an overly generous way) on the occasion of giving TheParser the job.

    The first use is as a gerund after the preposition 'for'.

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    Re: Been/being meaning?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    There is no conflict. The second use of 'being' in TheParser's dialogue is as part of a progressive form. Mark was being overly generous (behaving in an overly generous way) on the occasion of giving TheParser the job.

    The first use is as a gerund after the preposition 'for'.
    If the present progressive can be used for temporary situations, how the word usual(is not it constant?)and the present progressive are written together?

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