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A WORD ABOUT THE MUCH-ABUSED WORD, ‘BEING’...

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A WORD ABOUT THE MUCH-ABUSED WORD, ‘BEING’
I read this snippet about use of BEING at SC questions of gmat ...Found it really useful...Lots of gmat takers have unending confusions about use of being at sc questions of gmat ...Some of us consider BEING as a quite evident blot to instantly mark the option using BEING as a wrong option .....This article can help a lot to demystify the usage of "BEING" at gmat sc questions.....



If there is one word that is literally worn-out through repetitive and often incorrect use, ii is BEING. (“Like” is a close second, like). We use the words ‘being’ and ‘like’ usually as filler words and do not worry about the appropriateness of its use in a statement. Our normal communication is replete with phrases such as “the reason being is that’ or ‘being that as it may’ or ‘she is just being a woman’ etc.
(Like is not too far behind: “it is like the coolest thing’ or ‘he is like awesome’ or ‘I am like completely stunned, like’ and so on).
BEING, if used in active voice statements, connotes temporariness. “I am being lazy’ suggests that I am not habitually lazy but temporarily lazy. “I am lazy’ implies that I am ‘habitually lazy’. You can see why it is illogical to say, ‘she is just being a woman’, meaning that she is temporarily a woman. Because she cannot be anything but a woman, it is illogical to say that she is BEING a woman. You could say, ‘She is BEING A DIFFICULT WOMAN’ meaning that she is not habitually difficult to deal with.
BEING, if used in passive voice statements, connotes action in progress. “The job is being done” suggests that the work is under way. “Proposals with graphics have a better chance of BEING APPROVED” is a statement in which ‘being approved’ is synonymous with ‘receiving approval’. (A better way to say the same statement is as follows: “Proposals with graphics are more likely TO BE APPROVED’)
GMAT sentences using BEING have an extremely high probability of ‘being incorrect’. (or, better yet, GMAT sentences using ‘being’ are very highly likely to BE INCORRECT). Being is an avoidable word in any sentence and GMAT will TEMPT you with answer choices using BEING. Remember: you have a better chance of having your ex-significant-other say nice things about you to her shrink than you have of ‘being correct’ in selecting an answer using BEING. Do NOT pick an answer using BEING unless you have thoroughly checked it out and made sure that there are no better alternatives. Usually there is.
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