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Hi, i cant seem to understand the usage between 'being' and 'be'. For example: As a child i was always 'being' the naughtiest one at school, or, As a child i was always 'be' the.......?
Another question, i read this advertising few days ago, it said "It is a great pleasure to introduce our company being membership agent since for years and focused entirely on buy/sell/rent/ investment of golf club...... the sentence sounds strange to me and yet i cant figure out where the mistakes are, perhaps it is well written?
May i suggest this instead, "It is a great pleasure to introduce our company being a membership for years and has been focusing entirely on buying, selling and renting investment of golf club......?
Can anyone please tell me if my suggestion of the statement more accurate or the original? Thanks.
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Hi Joviee
As a child i was always 'being' the naughtiest one at school


In this sentence you need to use the present simple of to be, not the present or present continuous.

As a child I was always the naughtiest one at school

"be" is the present simple of the verb "to be".

We use the present simple to talk about things that happen regularly or all the time, or permanent situations.

I go to college every Monday

I live at 11 Privet Drive

Water freezes at 0 degrees Celcius

"being" is the present continuous of the verb "to be"

We use the present continuous to talk about things that are happening right now or about now.

She is walking down the street........ (look, I can see her putting one foot in front of the other)

I am reading a book ............ you can see that I have a book in my hand and I am looking at it.

Joeviee is going to the cinema a lot at present............every night he is at the cinema

It is a great pleasure to introduce our company being membership agent since for years and focused entirely on buy/sell/rent/ investment of golf club


You are quite correct - this sentence is strange, but I'm afraid your suggestion is not quite accurate either.

"For many years our well-established business has been entirely devoted to the buying, selling and renting of golf clubs."
Thank you very much abbie. Your reply is very informative and helpful to me. But I still confused when should i use 'being' and 'be' in a sentence. Can you suggest me some examples how to use these words correctly?
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"being" and "be"

a) Stop BEING childish and act like a grown person!
b) If you continue to BE childish, nobody will have any respect for you.

c) BEING a member of the club, I am entitled to a discount on all my restaurant bills.
d) To BE a member of this club, you will have to pay a yearly membership fee of $500.

e) BEING polite and well-mannered, her grandparents loved her dearly.
f) BE polite and well-mannered when you meet your grandparents, otherwise they won't love you.
Ho Joeviee,

"be" is the bare infinitive of the verb "to be" (i.e. it is "to be" without the 'to')

The verb 'to be' is irregular:

I am
your are
he/she/it is
we are
you are
they are

see http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/verbs-m_vmwct_3.htm

You will notice then that 'be' only exists as an infinitive.

It can be used with the verb "do" to give orders/ make emphatic statements:

Do be careful

Do be quiet, or I'll send you outside

Can't you be nice?

It is also used in the passive form:

This medicine is to be taken 3 times a day

This door must never be opened

That grammer book should never be used.

I looked for Mr. P. but he was nowhere to be seen.

It is used in subjunctive forms:

It is important that you be in class when this subject is discussed.

Abbie asked that she be given the afternoon off

Should it be that she is wrong, someone will correct her.

You will find more about "be" here.
http://www.learnenglish.org.uk/wordgame_current_frame.html

Here is some information about "being"

Thanks very much to both of you. I have a better understanding about the usage of the words now.
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Temico, I think most of your examples are good, but I think you have a problem in e). I believe that in your sentence (Being polite and well-mannered, her grandparents loved her dearly" it is the grandparents who are polite and well-mannered. If you mean it to be the girl who was polite and well mannered, she should be the subject of the second part of the sentencs: Being polite and well-mannered, she was loved by all who knew her.

Of course, I'm sure the grandparents were in fact polite and well-mannered, but I don't think that was what you intended to say. I could be wrong.
Are our modifiers dangling? Emotion: wink
To khoff,
You have a good grammatical point there I admit. From where I come from, grandchildren ARE EXPECTED to be polite and well-mannered to their grandparents regardless of whether they are likewise or not and not the other way around.
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