Common mistake been (being)

Common Mistake: "been" vs. "being"

One common mistake that many English speakers make is confusing the words "been" and "being." These two words are often used incorrectly, leading to grammatically incorrect sentences. Understanding the difference between "been" and "being" is essential for proper language usage.

The Correct Usage of "Been"

The word "been" is the past participle form of the verb "be." It is used to indicate an action or state that happened in the past and is no longer ongoing. "Been" is always used with an auxiliary verb (such as "has," "have," or "had") to form the perfect tenses.


  • I have been to Paris three times.
  • She had been waiting for a long time.

The Correct Usage of "Being"

The word "being" is the present participle form of the verb "be." It is used to indicate an action or state that is happening currently or is ongoing. "Being" is commonly used in the continuous (progressive) tenses.


  • He is being very helpful.
  • They were being very noisy during the meeting.

It is important to note that "being" can also function as a noun, indicating existence or identity.


  • His being here is causing a lot of problems.
  • They questioned her being at the party.

Knowing when to use "been" and "being" correctly can greatly improve your English writing and speaking skills. If you're unsure about which form to use, it is always a good idea to consult a reliable grammar resource or use a grammar checker like Linguix, which can help you identify and correct such mistakes.

been (being) mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    Stop been funny!

    Stop being funny!

  • Incorrect:
    What doctrine are they been taught?

    What doctrine are they being taught?

  • Correct:
    What's it been like seeing your show become such a success?
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