Some writers occasionally confuse the words 'being' and 'been'. As a rule, the word
'been' is always used after 'have' (in any form; e.g. has, had, will have); whereas,
'being' is never used after 'have'. 'Being' is used after 'to be' (in any
form; e.g., is, was, were).
Being and Been
I have been busy.
Terry has being taking the stores to the shelter.
('being' cannot follow 'has' or 'have')
Being as a Noun
The word 'being' can also be a noun.
being stepped out of the space ship.
Being as a Gerund
The word 'being' can also be a gerund
(which is a type of noun).
Do you like
being so ignorant?
was caused by his being so clumsy.
I live in terror of not being misunderstood.
Select the correct version:
'Being' is the present
participle of the verb 'to be'. (For comparison, 'cooking' is the present
participle of the verb 'to cook'.)
'Been' is the past participle of
the verb to be. (For comparison, 'cooked' is the past participle of the
verb 'to cook'.)
Usually participles can be used as adjectives before nouns, but 'being' and
Past participles (e.g., deleted,
broken) and present participle
(e.g., cooking, running) can be used like adjectives.
However, even although 'been' and 'being' are participles, they are not used as
adjectives before nouns.
(What does this mean? The car that used to be a car? This is nonsense.)
(The tree that is a tree? This is nonsense.)
'Been' is always used in conjunction with the verb 'to have', which is its auxiliary
The auxiliary verb for 'being', on the other hand, is the verb 'to be' (e.g.,
is, are, was).
He is being
He is been
(been goes with has)
He has been
However, 'being' can act as an adjective before a noun (or a pronoun)
when it is joined by other words to form a participle
such a lazy oaf, Tony often drives to the nearby shops.
('Being such a lazy oaf' is participle phrase that describes Tony.)