how to pronounce been


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the above transcription of been is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

been is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of been in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… i do do do it's not been as bad as I …”

meanings of been


  1. Finite usage of be.
  2. Plural simple present of be.
  3. Past participle of be.


  1. Plural of bee.

been frequency in english - A1 level of CEFR

the word been occurs in english on average 2687.2 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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