BEING & BEEN - Two of the most confusing English words and a common mistake.

Indisputably(decidedly from a recent discovery) , English is one of the most widely spoken languages across the world ranked next to Spanish and Chinese. With the former (Spanish) ranked second and latter (Chinese) takes the first place, probably owing to the Chinese native speakers and population which is slowly approaching 1.5billion.

English language is a noble language with affiliation to the United Kingdom and by virtue of colonialism, extended to some African countries to the inclusion of our beloved country; Nigeria.

The presence of homophones, homonyms and other related concepts In English language however, have birthed some common mistakes in English language of which many speakers are negligent of.

The focus of this post is to examine the difference(s) between the words BEING and BEEN as they are always mistaken for each other.

To start with, the word: BEING (as a verb) is the present participle of the word BE.

While the word : BEEN on the other hand, is the past participle of the verb BE.

These two words notwithstanding their glaring difference in spelling and function(s) however, are commonly contextually mistaken for each other.

For instance, it's wrong to say : I'm been misunderstood.
Rather say: I'm being misunderstood.(for a present participle)

And for the past participle of the above clause, it's wrong to say: I've being misunderstood.

The correct way is: I've been misunderstood.

Another example is: She has been going there (correct)

It's wrong to say: She has being going there

It's therefore noteworthy that  the word BEING (which is a present participle) does not precede another present participle as it is in "being going" (it's wrong).

And the word BEEN on the other hand; as opposed to BEING, precedes a present participle as it is in "been going"(it's correct).

You can't afford to make this mistake one more time, can you?

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