Use of BEING in a sentence

Is being a helping verb or a main verb? In this post, we will learn different uses of being in the English language.

In English, the verb being is used as both a helping and an action verb in different situation. Let’s understand how and when to use being in English.

Use of BEING in English

  1. As a main verb
  2. As a helping verb
  3. As a noun (gerund)
  4. As a present participle in participle phrases
  5. BEING as a noun
Different uses of BEING
Different uses of BEING

1. Use of being as a main verb

As a main verb, BEING is the present participle (V3) of the verb BE. As a main verb, being refers to a continuous state of being that someone deliberately is in. It is used as a main verb in the Present continuous tense and the Past Continuous tense.

V1V2V3 (past participle)Present participle (V1+ing)
Be (is/am/are)was, werebeenbeing
different forms of the verb ‘be’

When being is used as a main verb (stative), it is followed by the helping verb BE (is, am, are, was, were).

Structure: Subject + is/am/are/was/were + being + adjective/noun

Examples of BEING as a main verb:

  • You are being funny.
  • She is being silly right now.
  • Why are you being my father?
  • Jon is being a great team member to us.
  • She was being crazy in the party last night.
  • I am just being sarcastic. Excuse me!
  • They were being really rude to me yesterday.
  • Jyoti is not being sincere towards her job.
  • You are not being you.

In all the above sentences, being is working as a stative verb. It is not showing any dynamic action. It is just showing a state of being that someone is or was in deliberately. Try replacing it with the verb ‘behaving.’ You will understand what it’s doing.

Note: Do not use feelings or emotions after BEING.

  • I am being happy. ❌
  • I am happy. ✔️
  • He is being sad/emotional. ❌
  • He is sad/emotional. ✔️

You don’t deliberately get into a state of a feeling/ emotion. You can’t just turn it on and off; a feeling or emotion is a consequence.

2. Use of being as a main verb

We use being as a helping verb in the Present Continuous tense and the Past Continuous tense in passive voice.


Present continuous tense (passive voice)

Subject + is/am/are + being + V3 + (by the doer)

Past continuous tense (passive voice)

Subject + was/were + being + V3 + (by the doer)

Examples of being as a helping verb:

  • We are writing a book about human mind. (active, present continuous)
  • A book on human mind is being written (by us). (passive, present continuous)
  • The cops were beating some kids brutally. (active, past continuous)
  • Some kids were being beaten. (passive, past continuous)
  • She is being offered a job.
  • I am being ridiculed.
  • My friends are being beaten up.
  • The next video is being recorded right now.
  • Your efforts are being appreciated.
  • His father is being checked up right now.
  • The food is being prepared right now.
  • The movie was being made that time.
  • That book was being written last month.
  • The actors were being tested for their roles.
  • Our annual performance was being evaluated in the meeting last night.

NOTE: In passive voice, the focus is given to the receiver of the action, and the doer is generally ignored. As a result of which, we, usually, don’t add the doer of the action in a passive voice sentence.

3. Use of being as a noun (gerund)

Being is also used as a gerund (a noun) in a gerund phrase. Let’s take some examples of being as a noun (gerund).


  • Being a politician in this country is tough.
    (Gerund phrase = Being a politician in this country, acting as the subject)
  • Being angry does not help in taking rational decisions.
    (Gerund phrase = Being angry, acting as the subject)
  • Being a teacher allows you to change lives.
    (Gerund phrase = Being a teacher, acting as the subject)
  • I hate being his friend.
    (Gerund phrase = Being his friend, acting as the object of the verb)
  • The benefit of being my friend is that nobody messes up with you.
    (Gerund phrase = Being my friend, acting as the object of the preposition OF)

4. Use of being as a present participle in participle phrases

Being is also used in the beginning of a participle phrase. Let’s take some examples of being as a present participle.

A participle phrase works either as an adjective or an adverb in a sentence.


  • Being scared to death, I don’t play with dogs.
  • Rahul, being a father of two kids, does not flirt with girls.
  • Being the owner of the company, you have to deal with all the complaints.
  • Being a cop, he has to be strong.

5. BEING as a noun

Being means “a life” or “existence” and can be used as a word.

  • Every being deserves to live.
  • The movement of releasing stray dogs was brought into being last year.
  • Many believed that Shiva is a mythical being.

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4 thoughts on “Use of BEING in a sentence”

  1. Hello, sir first of all I want to thank you for your really make English grammar rules easy to understand for us. Could you check my my sentence that I have written down.
    “The custom of wearung mask is come into being since corona virus pandemic spread throughout the world”.
    Please correct it if it is wrong.
    Thank you.

    • Hello Prem,

      Glad you enjoy the content. Here’s the corrected sentence:
      The custom of wearing masks has come into being since the Coronavirus spread across the world.

      We don’t use a past participle form of a verb after a to-be form of a verb. Hope the explanation helps! Keep learning!


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