🏁 Use been after to have, and being after to be, for example:

We had been there often.

They have been to London recently.

They are being cautious about buying a new house.

I am being kind today.

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The Lamborghini Countach had been famous for decades.

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Both these words are only used after different verbs, so you just need to learn which pairs go together and you’ll always get them right. For been, this is really easy, because you only ever use it after the verb ‘to have’ (had or have) to talk about something in the past, e.g.

We had been there often, or They have been to London recently.

Being is only used as part of a verb after to be, either in the present e.g.

They are being silly today.
I am being bad tempered today.

Or in the past, e.g.

He was being too slow getting to the half way line.
They were being careful on this one.

So the quickest way to remember is:

After has/have or had → been

After is/are or was/were → being

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You can also use being as a noun, like in human beings, which is sometimes misspelt as human beens!

Although this one is trickier, if you learn the tips above you’ll get it right. The same rules apply to the homophones seen/seeing, so if you know this one, you can do that one too!

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🎓 Been is what’s called the past participle of the verb to be, which is itself an auxiliary verbBeing is a present participle that joins with the auxiliary verb to be to form a progressive or continuous verb form. It can be used in other ways, like Being very cold isn’t pleasant, but that is even more complicated to explain and a Google search for being + gerund might help you if you’re interested further.
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