When to use BEEN and BEING in a sentence?


BEEN is the third form of the verb TO BE. The third form is also called the Past Participle. Let’s see how to use it in a sentence:

  • I’ve been married for six years.
  • Tom’s been crazy about sports cars all his life.
  • They’ve been looking for a flat for months.
  • Laura’s been doing yoga since she was eighteen.
  • Nick had been married for twenty years when he divorced.
  • They had been living in San Fransisco before they moved here.
  • I will have been married for ten years in August.
  • They will have been living here for six years next month.

All the above sentences are in Perfect tense. To read more about when to use perfect tenses, please visit:
What’s the difference between Present Perfect Simple and Present Perfect Continuous?
12 (All) English Tenses with Examples
BEEN is often used in the Passive Voice:

  • My car has been stolen.
  • I’ve been given a pay rise.
  • The walls have been painted yellow.

To learn more about the Passive Voice, please visit:
The Passive Voice by MyEnglishTeacher.eu
The form BEING is either Present Participle or Gerund. This is how you use it:

  • I love being on my own.
  • Stop being so rude.
  • Sorry, I can’t pick you up. My car is being repaired.
  • I think Tim is being irrational.

To read more about when to use Present Participe/Gerund and the other four forms of a verb, have a look at these posts:
How to make past participle, present perfect sentences etc.?
What’s the difference between Present Participle and Gerund?
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