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ESL forum > Grammar and Linguistics > what is the passive voice of present / past perfect continuous :     

what is the passive voice of present / past perfect continuous :



badr.a7
Morocco

what is the passive voice of present / past perfect continuous :
 
what is the passive voice of present / past perfect continuous : 

example : 
                            John had been eating an apple. 


is it :                    An apple had been being eaten. 
                  or      An apple had been eaten. 

17 Apr 2012      



MChappell
France

Even if the first solution is grammatically correct, you can t use it. So you have to use the second one

17 Apr 2012     



badr.a7
Morocco

Thank you Mchappell but what i need is not which one to say for my intuition has already told me it s the second one which is correct . WHAT I NEED IS A GRAMMATICAL JUSTIFICATION. 

17 Apr 2012     



chenchen_castrourdiales
Spain

Hi badr.a7,
 
As far as I know, both present perfect and past perfect continuous are very rare in the passive. Yet, the right passive voice of the sentence you have written is the first option. Here you have an example taken from "Hewings, M. "Advanced Grammar in Use":
Active: John has been telling me for ages that you are leaving.
Passive: I have been being told (by John) for ages that you are leaving.
 
Here s my two cents worth.

17 Apr 2012     



zinaida954
Kazakhstan

As far as i know tenses from the group perfect continuous are not used in passive. They are replaced by  corresponding perfect tenses in passive voice. Have a nice day!

17 Apr 2012     



douglas
United States

"An apple had been being eaten."  I doubt that I would ever use it though.
 
 

17 Apr 2012     



badr.a7
Morocco

thank you all 

17 Apr 2012     



MChappell
France

Even if the first solution is grammatically correct, you can t use it. So you have to use the second one

17 Apr 2012     



douglas
United States

Yes you can use this form:
 
"Before Mary took over, the dogs had been being fed by a neighbor."

18 Apr 2012