I am having a problem whether to use adjective or noun after the word "being". Can I use both after "being". For example:

  1. You're being perverted.

= You are being a pervert.

  1. You're being ignorant.

= You're being an ignoramus.

  • It's pretty much the same as with "is" -- "He is ignorant" vs "He is an ignoramus". The choice is up to you.
    – Hot Licks
    Sep 17, 2020 at 23:57
  • @HotLicks Surely ignoramus can only be used in the first-person plural not the third-person singular. :)
    – tchrist
    Sep 18, 2020 at 1:21

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The differences are small and may not matter in most circumstances.

I note that You're being perverted is ambiguous: it could mean someone is perverting you or - as I will assume here - that You are acting in the manner of a perverted person. This is a little different from You are being a pervert, which says that you are not only acting in the manner of a perverted person but that you are such a person, at least for now.

Similarly, You're being ignorant describes your state of mind in respect of something you don't know or don't understand. This is not the same as you are being an ignoramus, which suggests that you not only act ignorantly but that you really are an ignoramus, at least for now.

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    I disagree; “is” asserts identity while “is being” asserts current state, regardless of whether followed by noun or adjective.
    – StephenS
    Sep 18, 2020 at 3:25
  • I left my answer in a hurry. You point out what I should have added. Now edited. I have marked you up. Thanks.
    – Anton
    Sep 18, 2020 at 6:59

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