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?