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[254d] permitted us to say that not-being really is, although not being, and yet come off unscathed.

Yes; that is the proper thing for us to do.

The most important, surely, of the classes or genera are those which we just mentioned; being itself and rest and motion.

Yes, by far.

And further, two of them, we say, cannot mingle with each other.

Decidedly not.

But being can mingle with both of them, for they both are.

Of course.

Then these prove to be three.

To be sure.

Each of them is, then, other than the remaining two, but the same as itself.

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