How to use Been in a sentence
I have been in Paris.
The battle had been raging for some time.
You've been a very good girl.
His little army had been beaten and scattered.
She was uneasy because she had never been on a plane before.Advertisement
I have not been sick at all.
We've been away for a long time, you know, and so we're anxious to get home again.
Where in the world have you been, my lad?
He has been called the Father of his Country.
May each evening see that all thy wishes have been performed.Advertisement
He and Uncle Hugson have been having a fine visit.
What have you been after?
Gilbert de Lafayette's father and grandfather and great-grandfather had all been brave and noble men.
The little chest that held his clothing had been carried down to the bank.
We've been married for nearly five years, and we just made love.Advertisement
He began to ask about his enemies who had been hunting him.
Maybe Katie wasn't the only one who had been overlooked by Señor Medena when it came to inheritance.
It was recognized as the flu, although records describe conditions which were highly likely to have been polio.
There has been much discussion of such of Miss Sullivan's statements and explanations as have been published before.
Lately she has been much interested in colour.Advertisement
Well... they had been flirting with each other in the car.
But scientists have been busy sequencing all manner of things.
She had evidently been reading, and fallen asleep.
He was a great hunter, I have been told, and a celebrated shot.
They had never been anywhere else overnight together.Advertisement
These were two Frenchmen who had been hiding in the forest.
We've been in the dark quite a while, and you may as well explain what has happened.
If he had been the only child in the family, things might have been different.
These same questions had been asked me a hundred times by the learned doctors.
We've been sitting here too long!Advertisement
But then, Alex had always been fluent in pretty talk.
They were angry because their plans had been discovered.
He had had a short illness, there had been a brief time of acute suffering, then all was over.
He has been set down.
She's been sleeping a lot.Advertisement
It's been almost a week.
If you hadn't happened to find the piglet, Eureka would surely have been executed.
When has starting a business been so easy?
This has been a common situation throughout areas with high degrees of poverty and is certainly the case in Ethiopia.
That should have been the end of it, right?Advertisement
That beverage was already known to the French and had been given a special name.
And yet, in a way, waiting this long might have been an advantage.
More like Dulce has been talking to me.
Do you think everything they have done has been with the single ambition of getting third-party information out of you?
Everybody was astonished, for that boy was the best scholar in the school, and he had never been known to break a rule.Advertisement
Both are better off than they were, even though nothing new has been created.
In 2005, rice became the first crop plant whose complete genome had been compiled.
What else has been achieved in our march toward civilization?
The morning had been fine, but it was growing warm and sultry when at last we turned our faces homeward.
Besides, I have been told that "sociables" cost more than other kinds of bicycles.Advertisement
She had been with me to take letters to the post-office.
She had been living in a world she could not realize.
It wouldn't have been so much fun for him if she had reacted the way he did when she told him she was pregnant.
Actually, she hadn't thought how it looked to others - and there had never been any doubt in her mind that she was fortunate to have Alex.
Maybe Alex wanted to be in control because he had been dominated all his life.
Water would have been her choice.
But it would have been alright if I had?
Actually, Dulce had been disrespectful with every look and word.
You've been quiet for weeks - since we left Texas.
You've been a comfort to me.
I've been going on and on.
That would have been more convincing if you hadn't been so willing at first.
His day had already been disrupted enough.
I've been sitting right over there.
It's been more than that for a long time - or am I only imagining things?
Mom said Dad hasn't been feeling well, and he won't go to the doctor.
Until now, there hadn't been much time.
Had the idea only been a clever method to gain favors?
We've been on the same stage since Ashley.
I've been picked over six years, but our family is known to be especially long lived.
Dorothy climbed into the buggy, although Jim had been unharnessed from it and was grazing some distance away.
And the whole thing has been unnatural because that cat and I are both able to talk your language, and to understand the words you say.
The captain himself had been a robber.
But if I had not helped you, you would have been in a worse place.
Smallpox has been with us for thousands of years.
Ever since we've had agriculture, people have been employing technology to make it better.
In the past, humanity has been able to sustain both wars and progress.
Wars have often been the result of misunderstandings brought about by language.
Being educated in the United States has long been a mark of distinction for the elites of other nations.
But my teacher had been with me several weeks before I understood that everything has a name.
Until then I had been like a foreigner speaking through an interpreter.
She has not had a vacation for twelve years, think of it, and all that time she has been the sunshine of my life.
We could hear the yells of the boys and the cheers of the lookers-on as plainly in our room as if we had been on the field.
In order to answer her questions, I have been obliged to read a great deal about animals.
A child of the muses cannot write fine English unless fine English has been its nourishment.
A bed had been made on a bedstead for the countess only.
Certainly she had been under a lot of stress.
Right or wrong, the decision had been made.
Not that one had anything to do with the other, but the technology of surrogacy would have been inconceivable back then.
I've been getting the feeling she is trying to break us up.
Has she been disrespectful of you?
Have you been talking to Dulce?
Apparently something had been discussed in her absence.
Alex should have been there to see that.
He would have been so proud.
He'd been in a grumpy mood since he got up.
No one could have been more private than Josh.
I should have been checking it.
The hardwood floor had not been stained.
He seemed sincere, but it could have been an act.
I sure hope you're going to deliver what you've been promising all evening.
It must have been a smorgasbord.
Maybe we would have felt this way with them if things had been different.
I guess he's always been a part of me... one I've wasted most of my life trying to remove.
Not like I wanted to take him away from the man who had been a Dad to him.
Had he been blaming Señor Medena for the death of his Dad?
If the boy had been his, how would his good intentions have made her husband feel?
She could have been a model.
I should have been with them tonight.
It was something she had been told often, but never expected to be asked.
But you haven't been working there all that long.
I know you've been preoccupied, but everyone else has noticed his interest in you.
Hard as it was to admit, the embrace and the kiss had been comforting.
Had his offer been as impulsive as her acceptance?
How could she have been such a fool?
You could have been killed today, you know that?
If it had been anyone else, I would have accepted that, but she liked to control people.
She had been so distracted with her own troubles that his interests and needs had been ignored.
But I don't like the way I've been treating you.
You've been through a lot.
It might have been something she would suspect if she had ever seen him in the pool.
He hadn't been accepted as their roommate because he was pretty.
I've been trying to catch you since you left the lounge.
Then they were locked in a passionate embrace, seeking and finding the love they had been pushing aside for so long.
That's what I've been wanting to tell you.
If she hadn't been there in his arms only minutes ago, she never would have guessed he had been so aroused.
If they all hadn't been so close, she would have thought he didn't hear the question.
How long had it been?
She had thought she could never be coerced, but the truth was, she had never been tempted.
They must have been attacked some time during the night.
She kept her vigil for what must have been several hours.
When the last horse had been gone for a few minutes, he stood.
How long would the Indians wait before they realized they had been fooled?
Bordeaux had been leading the horse along the ravine to spare its hooves, but it had been a risk that hadn't paid off.
The landscape around them was bleak, almost as devoid of plant life as the white sands had been.
She was taking liberties he had been gentleman enough to resist.
Where had they been?
More important, what had they been doing?
We've been invited to stay for breakfast.
Nothing has been going on that you wouldn't be welcome to watch.
Neither of them had been in high spirits yesterday.
He had been preoccupied yesterday with his business in Ashley.
I've been looking for you every since.
If she hadn't witnessed his exchange with the woman earlier, she would have been certain he was disappointed.
She hadn't been given that much consideration.
There was no point in telling them that riding with Bordeaux hadn't been her idea.
Still, he had been with Darcey only minutes before.
But their conversation... was an expression of love for a sibling – siblings that had apparently been through a lot together.
Haven't you been through enough danger in the past two weeks?
If all their conversations in the three months he had been coming to the diner were put together, it was doubtful that they would make a respectable paragraph.
How long have you been working here?
We've been all through this a zillion times.
The years had not been kind to him.
She sipped her coffee reflectively and finally found the courage ask him a question that had been nagging her since his offer.
She didn't own a swimsuit, so bra and panties had been her option.
Had she been flirting - unconsciously?
You've been around that furry thing so long that you're beginning to look like him.
I think you've been working too hard lately.
Had that been the purpose for his trip to town?
Was that what their conversation had been about today?
Mary had never been the jealous type, but then, where love was concerned, people changed.
Was she blinded by love now, or had she merely been unobservant before?
She had been so sure it would never happen with her consent.
She had been a willing participant.
Their friendship had been destroyed by one night of passion.
You haven't been in to see Mary for a while.
She gazed up at him, completely disarmed by his smile, and yet somehow proud that she had been the one to put it there.
Hadn't she been entirely accommodating?
What a fool she had been.
But no, she had been so certain, so naive.
Had it been that long since she talked to Mary?
Has it always been on the farm?
The only thing she had been proving lately was that she could successfully avoid him.
All her dreams had been dashed - all but one.
Until now she had been thinking of no one but herself.
The house has been unbearably lonely without you.
We chatted briefly, agreed to have coffee and have been nearly inseparable ever sense.
Just think; they might have been real people you were seeing.
How many times have any of us been involved in an event remotely exciting?
It's been tough on Howie.
Oh, and tell him I swear not to look at what other girl's he's been calling... cross my heart, like fun!
It's been a part of me since the dogs of law released from their barred kennel.
Have you been sick?
They advanced in a great swarm, having been joined by many more of their kind, and they flew straight over Jim's head to where the others were standing.
His fame had not been forgotten in the Land of Oz, by any means.
They show that three toes have been lost from the left forefoot.
The summer had been very dry and the corn crop had failed.
He had now been a wanderer for twenty days.
They let you fall into the water, and you would have been drowned, if it hadn't been for me.
Has there ever before been a time when business opportunity was more blind to color, gender, or creed?
Science's progress over the past few hundred years has been determined mainly by the relatively slow speed at which we were able to collect data.
You are being helped by an excellent salesperson who has been working there for twenty-five years.
In the last thirty years there has not been a single smallpox death or even a single infection.
Even smallpox has been sequenced and is available for download.
Even with this technology called money, trade has been difficult.
The disturbing thing to realize is we would have been those people had we been born in those times.
Monarchy is not inherently bad, and there have been fine kings and queens in history.
As a historian, I know it has been the vanity of every age to think it represents a high point in history.
All the best of me belongs to her--there is not a talent, or an aspiration or a joy in me that has not been awakened by her loving touch.
Teacher has been sick in bed for many days.
Consequently, I did not do so well as I should have done, if Teacher had been allowed to read the Algebra and Geometry to me.
Thus far my summer has been sweeter than anything I can remember.
My mother, and sister and little brother have been here five weeks, and our happiness knows no bounds.
She has never been taught; but they say she can sew and likes to help others in this sort of work.
Her life has been a series of attempts to do whatever other people do, and to do it as well.
Her progress in arithmetic has been equally remarkable.
In this, as in all other things, Miss Sullivan has been the wise teacher.
You've been in a hurry.
The whole day had been hot.
It was long since there had been so stormy a meeting.
He had for some seconds been intently watching what was going on a few steps away.
It followed that there must have been a victory.
You've already been in action?
The French who had been pursuing him stopped.
What has he been doing all this time?
During the last few days many of the men have been seen to throw away their cartridges and their arms.
All day it had been calm and frosty with occasional lightly falling snow and toward evening it began to clear.
The lower stakes cracked more and more and at last the wall fell, and with it the men who had been pushing it.
If it had been from the cold, ours would not have rotted either.
Natasha had been staying at her brother's with her husband and children since early autumn.
He's always been so alert and in control.
That must have been really difficult for you.
They must have been close, and yet, to the best of her memory, Alex had not spoken of Gerald.
Of course, she could have used sign language, but that would have been distracting - and it wouldn't have been as personal.
My, aren't you the night owl tonight - the boy who has been dancing with me half the night.
I guess we could say he hasn't been around much.
If it had been for both of them, they would have invited some of her friends - like Katie and Bill.
The subject was how Mary had been a vessel to carry the son of god.
I know life would have been a lot simpler for me.
She released the breath she had been unconsciously holding.
Actually, her first morning of sickness had been unpleasant, until she discovered the cause was pregnancy.
If he had simply ignored her, she might have been able to get her emotions under control, but now a sob threatened so convincingly that she was afraid to breathe.
A piñata had been hung from one of the banisters above and the children of some of the employees joined them.
You all have been so nice to us, and we've enjoyed our stay.
He had never mentioned what Christmas had been like at his home.
Maybe because it had the same theme of wrought iron and ivory as the hacienda - and maybe they had been visiting too long.
Other than an infatuation with Josh before she met Alex, there had been no one else.
He had been spending too much time with the television lately.
If he trusted her, he wouldn't have been snapping at her as if she had done something wrong.
What have you two been arguing about, and why did you kiss your brother like that?
Was that what they had been arguing about?
He's been clear enough about that, and yet it's being pushed on him.
Right now she'd like to kiss those smooth lips - and she might if she didn't know where they'd been last.
And yet, if Señor Medena hadn't been so pushy, would he have accepted the inheritance?
Who could say what might have been if the smallest thing had been different in their lives?
She had been the one who pushed him back into it.
Had they all been arguing?
Three weeks ago she would have been embarrassed by such a conversation.
That's what's been bothering me all this time.
But we're married - and have been for a long time.
I've been so focused on sin that I have been...
That I've been making you miserable.
Carmen let go of the blanket she had been clutching to her chest and turned to shut her light off.
His excuse for going to Columbia had been that they needed money.
If they hadn't been fighting, he might have been there when she started hemorrhaging.
I know, we've been all through this before - but I still don't understand.
You would have had to tell me about an entire family you'd been hiding.
He didn't tell her about the money because it would lead to questions - both about the money and the fact that he had been hiding it from her.
The files had been there all along and he had given her passwords and permission to look at them since they were first married.
What a complicated situation Alex had been born into.
He must have been overwhelmed with the responsibility - and guilt.
Wouldn't it be wounded knowing he had been used to their advantage?
She had been lying around all day catching up on her sleep while Carmen worked on her bedroom.
As if Destiny had not been through enough already, she was forced to stay inside the tent.
Someone from the church or clinic must have been by and brought it for Alex.
Was God punishing Destiny because they had been greedy?
He must understand what Alex had been through.
He's been sick all morning.
The line was silent for so long that she checked her phone to see if the call had been dropped.
In a way, it was hard to believe it had been that long.
Maybe she was right, and if Alex hadn't been such a perfect husband in every other way, she might have done it.
Maybe that was what he had been so preoccupied with lately.
I don't know what's been bothering you lately, but if I've done something, I wish you would tell me.
No wonder he had been so solemn lately.
It shouldn't be any surprise, since that was what suffered when he had been troubled in the past.
They had been married almost five years, so... that meant the baby was conceived long before they met - about the time he and Tessa were going to get married.
No wonder Dulce had been so upset.
If Alex had known he had a son, things would have been different.
Wouldn't it have been easier if you had told me?
That should have been no big surprise, but Carmen would have thought he would welcome the idea of a willing heir.
He said he felt bad about it, but conceded that Tessa had been less than honest with him on more than one occasion.
When Alex approached Carmen about giving Tessa some money, she said it was up to him, but keep in mind that the issue could have been something like drugs.
If it hadn't been for Katie, she might not have discovered that she was right.
The only business experience she had was the goat dairy, the non-functional farm and a horse ranch that had been in the fetal stage for years.
I'm afraid I've been putting on weight.
There had been two cancellations on a flight and Alex grabbed them.
It couldn't have been more than a few seconds, but it seemed much longer.
In the weeks of natural stimulation, she had been the one who was embarrassed.
Carmen had been his soul mate for a long time.
Katie had been telling him that for years, but he hadn't seen it until now.
As bad as the wreck was, it could have been worse.
It was a moment that lay in her stomach like a week-long hunger, regardless of the fact that they had been gone only minutes.
To an extent she had even been an accomplice.
Allen had been drinking at the party a little more than usual.
It would have been humiliating if anyone had noticed, but no one seemed to pay much attention – probably because so many others were also drinking.
Of course, the little red truck Dad had been drooling over.
How have you been, Len?
Maybe Howard had been involved in an investigation.
But they had been inconvenienced enough with all her problems.
The car had been shut up long enough that it smelled of old upholstery.
Solitude had always been her friend.
What a fool she had been to come here.
But after what you've been through, I guess it would seem like a picnic.
The grass had been mown short for about five feet on either side of the narrow drive, and a tangle of underbrush and trees lay beyond... freedom, or a barrier?
It had been foolish to climb into the car with him.
It had been in all the local papers, but she wasn't sure she could talk about it without getting emotional.
Maybe if I'd been with them...
If you had been with them you couldn't have done anything to prevent the accident.
The seclusion she knew well, having been brought up less than five miles from this house.
She had always been a recluse at heart, often declining a social outing with her friends so that she could be alone with a book or her writing.
Being close enough so that she could attend college while living at home had been their rationalization, but she suspected they were also trying to stimulate her social life.
The trail couldn't have been a road... more likely a wash.
I've been thinking about rigging up something on the front to catch the webs.
It was a sobering reminder that a bear had been on this spot – possibly only minutes earlier.
Geez. Looks like it's been hit by a locomotive.
Even so, it was as if a something had been lifted from her chest, allowing the flow of oxygen and blood to a starving brain.
As if she hadn't been a burden in enough ways, now she had Mrs. Giddon upset with him.
It was a strange feeling to realize she had been in a cocoon for weeks.
I haven't been so entertained in years.
He and Sarah had done far more for her than could have been expected.
Sometimes she imagined a large field of marijuana, but that would have been discovered long ago.
The day she met him he had been riding on the road.
And yet, if she hadn't come to this house, it would have been worse.
He had been perfectly content to step back and let her bear the brunt of Giddon's anger, even knowing that he had arrived uninvited.
Dating Allen hadn't been a good idea.
His kiss had been an act of aggression, not passion.
Had Allen been here to make a drug deal with Giddon?
Was that why Giddon had been so angry?
Besides, her lack of response in the past had been far more effective.
Would she have been able to hear his conversation behind a closed door?
What if she had been seriously injured?
What if a snake had been in those bushes?
Her directions hadn't been far off.
And what would you have done if it had been a bear?
Was he actually concerned about the fact that she might have been killed, or that his hideout might have been discovered in a search for her body?
It must have been terrible for Yancey.
There would have been, if Valorie had lived.
So he hadn't been in Tammy's room all this time.
I'm just beginning to see what I've been missing.
If Howard had not been able to find anything on Yancey, it was probably because there was nothing to tell.
You've never been here before?
Tammy could have been born when he was very young.
Maybe the letter had been intercepted.
No one had been to that box before her.
She had been making out with a man who might be involved in drug trafficking.
Had there been another?
She looked down at her plate before they discovered they had been observed.
For a moment she wanted to retract the part about being entertainment, but when he spoke she realized it might have been exactly what she needed to say.
Who hasn't sat at a stop light and been so distracted by something else that they didn't notice the light was green?
Had he been stalking her the day she fell off the bluff?
Maybe so, but there have been many people attacked by bears - mostly black bears.