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I've read that for SC questions, any choices containing the

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I've read that for SC questions, any choices containing the word "being" used to be automatically incorrect. But recently, the GMAT has figured out a way so that "being" can also be correct. Can anyone care to address this? When can we use this and when can we not?
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12 Jan 2009, 13:13
'Being' can be used in two ways:

In the active voice you can say -- 'I am being lazy' -- This shows a state of temporariness i.e I am not always lazy but am acting lazy right now.

In the passive voice your can say -- 'Your work is being done' -- This shows that the work is happening as we speak.

Hope this helps.
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12 Jan 2009, 14:26
Hi,

Being is not ALWAYS incorrect. I think whats generally believed is that GMAT often uses the Being trap. To my knowledge "Being" should be eliminated, if it doesn't add any meaning to the sentence - courtesy, Manhattan SC book. For eg, "Being frustrated with her husband, Mary broke the vase". In this Being doesnt add any value - ie, "Frustrated with her husband, Mary broke the vase" sounds better.

-Ramya
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