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    passive/active voice

    Hi everybody,

    I would like to know if the two sentences are akin when swifted from active to passive voice:

    "They were laughing at her"

    "She was laughed at"

    Is this sentence correct:

    "She was being laughed at"

    Is it possible to use BE as a passive and progressive marker at the same time?

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    Re: passive/active voice

    What is BE?

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    Re: passive/active voice

    Yes, you want the "being" there to be consistent with the tense of the first sentence.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: passive/active voice

    O gosh, I thought BE is some kind of an abbreviation

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    Re: passive/active voice

    Me too. I thought "British English" until I realized it was about the verb "to be" as expressed by "being."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: passive/active voice

    Hi,

    Yes; I have been a little clumsy in expressing myself. Sorry, but I am French and I have yet a lot to do to speak English correctly.

    Thanks

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    Re: passive/active voice

    Gregory - you were FINE! It was just our mistake in making an assumption when we saw it.

    If I didn't say so before, welcome to the forums!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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