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    Cool Passive voice in the past continuous & present continuous

    Hi,

    If I say "The tiger had been watching me for hours" And I want to put it in the passive voice. Is it:

    "I had been being watched for hours"?? Sounds strange doesn't it?

    And what's the passive voice of: "The tiger has been watching me for hours"?

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    Re: Passive voice in the past continuous & present continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    "I had been being watched for hours"?? Sounds strange doesn't it?
    Yes, it does. And so we usually say, "I had been watched..."

    And what's the passive voice of: "The tiger has been watching me for hours"?
    The same as in my previous answer, except that "had" becomes "have": "I have been watched..."

    It's possible to do this, because in the active voice, we can change the sentences to "The tiger has/had watched me for hours" without changing the meaning.


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    Re: Passive voice in the past continuous & present continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    Hi,

    If I say "The tiger had been watching me for hours" And I want to put it in the passive voice. Is it:

    "I had been being watched for hours"?? Sounds strange doesn't it?

    And what's the passive voice of: "The tiger has been watching me for hours"?
    What's grammatically possible, Bieasy, is semantically, something that would rarely occur.

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