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# Usage of "BEING" on GMAT

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Guys,

Its a general notion that BEING generally sounds redundant on GMAT. Hence, the knee jerk reaction of every Gmatter is to cross the choices containing "BEING" verb. One such case is when BEING is opening a GMAT sentence, thus making a sentence redundant.

However, I have come across few examples where BEING is coming in the non underlined portion of the sentence; therefore, I am pretty sure that GMAT guys have surely changed their opinion about BEING usage.

If any VERBAL Expert can contribute some rules that we should keep in mind while deciding whether the BEING usage is correct or faulty in a given GMAT sentence, then I would really appreciate it.

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There is no official rule about the use of the word "being." The GMAT just tends to use it in awkward and/or passive constructions; therefore its presence is generally a sign of a wrong answer. If it's in a correct choice, it is most likely to appear at the beginning of a sentence, as in this example:

"Being the president is both difficult and rewarding."

Naturally, if "being" is in the non-underlined portion, or if it appears in every answer choice, then it is being used correctly. Still, most of its uses are not so good. Here are some examples of GMAT-style wrong choices containing "being":

I was not aware of of the situation being so bad. (Better is: I was not aware that the situation was so bad.)
He was not interested in working hard, but being rich. (Better: He was interested not in working hard, but in becoming rich.)
The CFO suggested a reduction in the number of employees being assigned to the project. (Better: Simply remove "being.")

These are just a few examples. It may help to spend some time looking through SC questions that contain "being" and asking "What purpose does the word serve here? Could it be replaced with something better, or simply eliminated? Is there a more direct way to say this that would not require the use of 'being'?"

Still, if you need to make a quick decision, avoiding "being" is usually the way to go.

I hope this helps!
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Thanks DmitryFarber. It helped!
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Framed by traitorous colleagues, Alfred Dreyfus was imprisoned for twelve years before there was exoneration and his freedom.

(A) there was exoneration and his freedom
(B) he was to be exonerated with freedom
(C) being exonerated and freed
(D) exoneration and his freedom
(E) being freed, having been exonerated

Hello Dmitry -
How do we explain the usage of "being" in this situation??
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DaveJohnson, the sentence is comparing two situations, one of which precedes the others: Dreyfuss was imprisoned, then he was exonerated and freed. So to put one before the others, we say that he was X before being Y and Z.

Imagine this kind of comparison without "being": Dreyfuss was imprisoned for years before exonerated. The word "exonerated" doesn't make sense by itself at the end. "Being" adds clarity.

"Being" is a real word and has its uses; it's just often used badly. Here, it might have been simpler to say "before he was exonerated and freed." However, that choice isn't available, and the other answers are all bad, so we go with what works.
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