UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈbiːɪŋ/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈbiɪŋ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(bēing)

From the verb be: (⇒ conjugate)
being is: Click the infinitive to see all available inflections
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
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Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. a [human, celestial, living, divine] being
  2. a [friendly, bloodthirsty] being
  3. [hostile, kind, generous, strange, exotic, alien] beings
  4. is at the [core, center] of my being
  5. the [technology, possibility] has only recently come into being
  6. how did [life, this problem] come into being?
  7. was brought into being [in, around] [1977]
  8. a being of [great, fearsome, terrifying] [power, intelligence, size]
  9. a being from another [planet, universe]
  10. intelligent beings from another [planet]
  11. the very being of [human, corporate] nature
  12. our being is [fleeting, crucial] (on this planet)
  13. [is, has become, will always be] a part of my being
WordReference English Collocations © 2020


Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. am [angry, sad, happy, tired, excited]
  2. am [late, on time]
  3. am (very) [pleased, proud, impressed, interested]
  4. am at [home, school, work, the store]
  5. am going [home, to school]
  6. am [reading, thinking, studying]
  7. is [closed, open, closing, opening]
  8. is [a member, the president, an organizer]
  9. is (not) [responsible, trustworthy, reliable]
  10. is [here, at the school, in the park]
  11. is [15 years old]
  12. am a [firefighter, lawyer, doctor]
  13. [I am, I'm] (not) sorry
  14. is [blue, soft, fragile]
  15. am ready to [go, be, have]
  16. am [right, wrong, unconvinced, sure]
  17. is [hot, cold]
  18. is [done, finished, over]
  19. it is [raining, snowing, sunny, cloudy]
  20. is (not) [available, eligible]
  21. is [important, valuable, expensive]
  22. was [built, founded, constructed, born, created] in [1950]
  23. is [rich, poor, old]
  24. is [dreaming, sleeping, awake]
  25. be [nice, kind, good, responsible, realistic]
  26. don't be [silly, ridiculous, mean, so hard on yourself]
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