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The difference between “being” and “state”

The difference between“To be“y“state“

“To be“y“state“they are easy to confuse. use“to be“after the verb“to be“(for example, am, is, are, was, were). For example:

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  • The greatest benefit is being in Paris. ✔️
  • He was being an idiot. ✔️

Use“been“after the verb“to have“(eg, has, has had, has had). For example:

  • I have been to Paris. ✔️
  • The puma has been seen in the city. ✔️

More about“Being“and“Been“

Writers occasionally mix up words“to be“y“state“because they sound similar and both come from the verb“to be“.

As a rule, the word“state“always used after“to have“(in any of its forms, for example,“has“,“He had“,“will have“,“to have“). On the contrary, the word“to be“never used after“to have“.“Being“is used after“to be“(in any of its forms, for example,“am“,“is“,“are“,“was“,“were“).


  • I have been busy. ✔️
  • Terry has being taking the stores to the shelter. ❌
    (Remember that“being“cannot follow the verb“to have“(here,“has“).)

The Words“Been“and“Being“Are Participants

Technical pongámonos for a second.

Been is a Past Participle. La palabra“state“is the past participle of the verb“to be“. As such, it can be used with“have“(in all its forms) to form tenses in the perfect (or complete) aspect. For example:

  • The dog has been naughty. ✔️
    (The action is over. It’s completed.)
  • More gold has been mined from the thoughts of men than has been taken from the earth. (Author Napoleon Hill) ✔️
    (The action is completed.)

“Being“is a Present Participle. La palabra“to be“is the present participle of the verb“to be“. As such, it can be used with“be“(in all its forms) to form tenses in the progressive (or continuous) aspect. For example::

  • The dog is being naughty. ✔️
    (The action is ongoing. It’s continuing.)
  • More gold is being mined from the thoughts of men than is being taken from the earth. ✔️
    (The action is continuing.)

“Being“as a Noun

The word“to be“can be a common noun. In this usage, it means a person or creature. For example:

  • I’m not an animal. I’m a human being. (The Elephant Man) ✔️
  • A strange being appeared at the door of the space ship. ✔️

“Being“as a Gerund

The word“to be“it can also be a gerund, which is a type of noun. In this usage, it has a meaning similar to“existing“. For example:

  • Do you like being so ignorant? ✔️
  • The accident was caused by his being so clumsy. ✔️
  • I live in terror of not being misunderstood. (Playwright Oscar Wilde) ✔️
  • Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty. (Mother Teresa) ✔️

More about“Been“and“Being“as Participles

“To be“is the present participle of the verb“to be“. (For comparison,“cook“is the present participle of the verb“cook“).

“Been“is the past participle of the verb“to be“. (For comparison,“cooked“is the past participle of the verb“cook“).

Participles are often used as adjectives before nouns, but“to be“y“state“are not used in this way. Look at these examples with the past participles“eliminated“y“broken“and present participles“cooking“y“in a hurry“.

  • broken link ✔️
  • deleted file ✔️
  • cooking sauce ✔️
  • running shoes ✔️

Aunque“been“y“being“are participles, they are not used as adjectives before nouns.

  • the been car ❌
    (What does this mean? The car that used to be a car? This is nonsense.)
  • the being tree ❌
    (The tree that is a tree? This is nonsense.)

“Been“always used together with the verb“to have“, which is its auxiliary verb. The auxiliary verb for“to be“, on the other hand, is the verb“to be“(for instance,“is“,“are“,“was“). For example:

  • He is being stupid. ✔️
  • He is been stupid. ❌
    (Remember that“been“goes with“has.“)
  • He has been stupid. ✔️

Sin embargo,“to be“can act as an adjective before a noun (or a pronoun) when joined to other words to form a participle phrase.

  • Being such a lazy oaf, Tony often drives to the nearby shops. ✔️
    (“Being such a lazy oaf“is a participle phrase that describes Tony.)

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