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    #1

    Question being

    They climbed through the window without being seen.
    is being a participle or part of passive ?

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    #2

    Re: being

    I'm not sure, but I think that being, in this example, is an auxiliary verb which, when added to the past participle seen, forms the past perfect progressive tense.

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    #3

    Re: being

    When ing form is used as noun, it is called gerund.
    For example, I like playing baseball, playing is a gerund.
    The passive form is being +past participle, such as
    I don't like being laughed at.

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