The use of 'being'

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michaelwong

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Chinese
Dear all,

I am sometimes confused with the use of 'being'.

Example 1
Dinner is cooked by mother.
Dinner is being cooked by mother.

Example 2
The project undertaken by the company
The projects being undertaken by the company

Are there any differences between the sentences above? Is it okay to omit the word 'being'?

Please advise. Thank you.
 
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  • PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    Dinner is cooked by mother. = Mother usually cooks the dinner
    Dinner is being cooked by mother. = Mother is presently in the process of cooking the dinner

    Example 2
    The project undertaken by the company = The project that is/was/has been/ had been/ will be/ would have been undertaken by the company
    The projects being undertaken by the company = The projects that is presently in the process of being undertaken by the company
     

    se16teddy

    Senior Member
    English - England
    I am sometimes confused with the use of 'being'.
    This is evident, because example 1 and example 2 are completely different structures, that you must keep quite separate in your mind. Example 1 is about passive verbs in the continuous aspect; example 2 is about participles. You must treat the two uses of "being" as entirely different phenomena.
     
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