Michael, this is Rachel. I'm calling about the plans for Friday. As you know, on Friday there will be a large-scale reorganization, with a lot of old equipment being moved out, followed by a clean-up, and then the installation of new cabling.

I could not understand why they use being in this sentence. Could you explain this grammar for me?

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    What particular aspect of being is confusing you? The removal of the equipment is an ongoing process—so the present participle (progressive) is used. You also can't just remove the word and use moving instead, because that would imply the equipment was moving itself out. – Jason Bassford Aug 10 at 9:26
  • The equipment will be moved out. Its being moved is a part of the planned reorganization. – Kate Bunting Aug 10 at 12:30
  • It is the same answer as this question: Why "is" in "equipment is being moved out". – GEdgar Aug 10 at 13:33
  • Using being moved out instead of just moved out implies that the moving will be happening on Friday, along with the reorganization. Using just moved out implies that the moving will be over on Friday (and there will be empty places machinery was moved from). – John Lawler Aug 10 at 16:34

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