Passive – Been / Being

Audio Practice

Doctor
 

 

Been vs. Being 

BEEN

Been is a past participle used in the present and past perfect tenses.  It follows the auxiliary verbs: has and have. He has been here for a while.  We have been working.

HAS / HAVE BEEN

He has

been a good doctor.  
(present perfect)

We have

been his patients for ten years.  
(present perfect)

Dr Allen has

been seeing us for ten years.   (present perfect progressive)

We have

been seen by Dr. Allen for a year.
(present perfect - passive)

BEING

Being is a present participle used in progressive verb forms. If follows the auxiliary verbs —is, are, am, was, were— and is followed by a past participle.

AM / IS / ARE BEING

I am

being quiet.
(present progressive)

We are

being asked to enter by the nurse.
(present progressive–passive)

Dr. Allen is

being visited by us today.
(present progressive - passive)

We are

being seen by Dr. Allen today.
(present progressive - passive)

 

patient – person who goes to a doctor for treatment
see – visit, or go to an office for an appointment 
Also see passive forms

 

 

 

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BEEN

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We've been seeing Dr. Allen

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being  

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We're being seen by Dr. Allen.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Been / Being

Initial Clause

 

 

Been or Being in an Introductory Clause

BEEN

Having been may also occur at the beginning of a sentence as a modifier to the subject noun in the main clause.  The activity is past, completed. (past participle)

HAVING BEEN MAIN CLAUSE

Having been ill,
(past participle clause)

I was grateful to feel well again. 

Having been a patient of Dr. Allen,

I can tell you that he is very good.

BEING

Being may also occur at the beginning of a sentence as a modifier to the subject noun in the main clause. The activity or state is present. (present particle)

BEING MAIN CLAUSE

Being ill,
(present participle clause)

I stayed home in bed.

Being a doctor

he sees several patients each day.

 

Also see Clause Placement

 

 

 

 

 

 

Been / Being

Auxiliary Combinations

 

 

Combinations of Auxiliary Verbs

MODAL PERFECT PROGRESSIVE PASSIVE LEXICAL VERB

1. 

 

 

 

makes

2.

 

 

is

made

3.

 

is

 

making

4.

 

is

being

made

5.

has

 

 

made

6.

has

 

been

made

7.

has

been

 

making

8.

has

been

being

made

9.  will

 

 

 

make

10. will

 

 

be

made

11. will

 

be

 

making

12. will

 

be

being

made

13. will

have

 

 

made

14. will

have

 

been

made

15. will

have

been

 

made

16. will

have

been

being

made

 

 

 

 

 

 

Practice 1

Finding the Cure

AIDS Logo
 

 

 

Read the Context

Several new drugs are (be) used to stop the spread of AIDS. Too many innocent people have (be) dying. Scientists have (be) working to find a cure. Everyone is (be) cautious. A combination of drugs has (be) used to fight the disease. Some of the victims have (be) children.

(be) diagnosed with AIDS is tragic news. Patients are (be) given a cocktail of drugs in early stages of the disease. Everything possible is (be) done to find a cure. Human beings have (be)  victims of AIDS too long.

cautious (adj.) – careful

cocktail (n.) – a mixture of drugs in pharmacology

combination (n.) – mixture of drugs  

cure (n.) – a way to end a disease or order

diagnose (v.) – determine the identity of an illness or disease; be diagnosed – told the identity or name of your illness

die, died, dying (v.) – stop living

disease (n.) – illness

drug (n.) – medicine

HIV / AIDS – acquired immunodeficiency syndrome

human beings (n.) – people, being – life

innocent (adj.) – pure, without moral wrong

stage (n.) – a step or degree in a process

tragic – very sad, disastrous

victim (n.) – person who suffers, person who is injured

 

 

 

 

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