Being and Been
Some writers occasionally confuse the words being and been. As a rule, the word been is always used after have (in any form, e.g., has, had, will have). The word being is never used after have. Being is used after to be (in any form, e.g., is, was, were). The word been is the past participle form of be.
I have been busy.
Terry has being taking the stores to the shelter.
(being cannot follow has or have)
Being as a Noun
The word being can also be a noun.
A human being
being + past participle describes a passive action which is happening to the speaker right now, or in the future.
I am being told not to go there. (happening now)
She is being interviewed for the job at 1 pm tomorrow. (happening in the future)
being + adjective describes a temporary state.
I am being silly.
She is being playful.
have + been + past participle can describe at least 4 different scenarios:
(1) a past state, not currently true
I have been a lawyer and a policeman, but now I am a pilot.
(2) followed by to, a past visit - the subject of the sentence is not currently there
I have been to Japan and India, but I've never been to Poland.
(3) only with a time phrase using since or for, showing an state that began in the past and continues now
I have been a teacher for six years.
I have been a teacher since 2007.
She's been here for ten years.
He's been the company president since last month.
(4) followed by in and only with a time phrase using since or for, showing where someone went in the past and continues to be now
She has been in the bathroom for thirty minutes. Maybe she is sick?
My boss has been in Rome on business since last Tuesday.
have + been + present participle( Verb ing ) can describe at least 3 scenarios:
(1) with an action verb, and with or without a definite frequency phrase, to describe a routine activity in the recent past which is not occurring now
I have been reading a lot about Obama in the newspaper.
I have been working out at the gym three times a week.
(2) when the present participle is being or getting, and followed by a past participle, it is a present perfect passive construction (one of the most uncommon and unusual, but grammatical, verb tenses in English!) that shows something that has been happening to the subject of the sentence on a routine basis.
I've been being attacked by my political opponents.
I've been getting stung by bees.
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