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    being as a main verb

    Writers who indulge in tired language are not being respectful to their readers, ...

    I think in the above sentence the verb `being' is being used as a main verb.
    So I am confused.

    Because I have learnt that `being' is used only in the progessive sentences when we change sentences into passive voice.
    e.g. I am playing football.
    Football is being played by me.

    Could you help me on this?

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    Re: being as a main verb

    What you have learned is not accurate. We can use the progressive form when we want to show that something is temporary:
    He is stupid = of low intelligence
    He is being stupid- temporary behaviour at the moment


    BTW, your football sentence is not a very natural one- use the active there.

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