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# Usage of being

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28 Dec 2006, 23:11
Hi Guys,

I am trying to understand the usage of being and under what circumstances is the usage correct. I have gone through many posts on this forum to gather such information but I don't believe I have a good understanding of the usage.

From many posts I understand that being is almost incorrect, but I want to understand the cases where the usage is correct.

The usage I know of is

noun + being + noun complement

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29 Dec 2006, 20:25
Can some of the SC guru's chime in and give their insights ??

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30 Dec 2006, 09:35
I don't know the rules behind the usage of "being". One of my instructors mentioned that "being" is almost always wrong when it appears in an SC choice on the GMAT...and that was good enough for me.

However, I did a quick search online for some resources, and came across the following, although these are not as in depth as I'm sure you would prefer:

Forms of "to be" -
http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/to_be.htm

Also found...
Being That.
An overused and inelegant idiom, favored by those who want to sound more impressive. It probably comes from "it being the case that," maybe with some influence from "given that" and "seeing that," but it doesn't make much sense. (Being as has the same problems.) Avoid it. Use because, since, or something similarly direct. [Revised 15 December 2006.]

Source: http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Writing/b.html

Also, in Strunk & White's Elements of Style, they offer the following:
Being. Not appropriate after regard...as.
Example:
He is regarded as being the best dancer in the club. (incorrect)
He is regarded as the best dancer in the club. (correct)

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30 Dec 2006, 09:44
Yes it is almost always discouraged to use being

But again see the example below

http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... ght=nurses

There may be a few cases when usage of being is correct. So depends on the sentence

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30 Dec 2006, 09:44
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