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    verb `being'

    Is there any sentence with verb `being' as an main verb? Also it shouldn't have any auxiliary verb.

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    Re: verb `being'

    Is this what you mean, Gary?

    The children are being naughty.


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    Re: verb `being'

    Quote Originally Posted by Philly View Post
    Is this what you mean, Gary?

    The children are being naughty.
    Thank you.

    No.
    Here it has `auxiliary verb' are. I want to know about the sentence which don't have any auxiliary verb and stands alone by verb `being' as main verb.

    Is there any such sentences?

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    Re: verb `being'

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    Thank you.

    No.
    Here it has `auxiliary verb' are. I want to know about the sentence which don't have any auxiliary verb and stands alone by verb `being' as main verb.

    Is there any such sentences?
    But 'being' isn't finite, so how can it be a main verb?

    Do you mean a sentence like this:

    Being a student of languages, I can sometimes recognize the problem a student is having.

    ? The main verb there is 'recognize'.

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    Re: verb `being'

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    But 'being' isn't finite, so how can it be a main verb?

    Do you mean a sentence like this:

    Being a student of languages, I can sometimes recognize the problem a student is having.

    ? The main verb there is 'recognize'.

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    Thank you. It is indeed great help.

    But somehow I am confused.
    Because I haven't come across this kind of sentences which starts with `being'.
    Is it non-finite verb in your sentence?

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    Re: verb `being'

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    Is there any sentence with verb `being' as an main verb? Also it shouldn't have any auxiliary verb.
    In addition, being is a participle and, as BobK mentions, it's non-finite, so it can't function as a main verb; however, it can function as part of a verb, as in Philly's example, are being.

    In these examples, as well as in BobK's, being has an adjectival function. It modifies the subject, pronominal I:

    Ex: I, being of sound mind and body,...
    Ex: Being of sound mind and body, I...

    All the best.

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    Re: verb `being'

    Moreover, the participle being as well as the participle having are different from the other participles in the way they are unfolded.

    I, being of sound mind and body,... => I am of sound mind and body.
    I, having read that book before,... => I have read that book before.

    All the best.

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