Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 26
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Hong Kong
      • Current Location:
      • Hong Kong

    • Join Date: Aug 2009
    • Posts: 91
    #1

    Present perfect continuous tense

    Can we use passive voice in Present perfect continuous tense?

    "I have been painting the ceiling."
    How can I change it to passive voice?

    thanks

  1. euncu's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Turkish
      • Home Country:
      • Turkey
      • Current Location:
      • Turkey

    • Join Date: Aug 2009
    • Posts: 1,314
    #2

    Re: Present perfect continuous tense

    The ceiling has been being painted by me.

  2. bhaisahab's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 25,615
    #3

    Re: Present perfect continuous tense

    Quote Originally Posted by kelvin123 View Post
    Can we use passive voice in Present perfect continuous tense?

    "I have been painting the ceiling."
    How can I change it to passive voice?

    thanks
    It is not possible to change it to passive voice.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • Egypt
      • Current Location:
      • Egypt

    • Join Date: Feb 2010
    • Posts: 312
    #4

    Re: Present perfect continuous tense

    we cant change it.

  3. Barb_D's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2007
    • Posts: 19,218
    #5

    Re: Present perfect continuous tense

    Why not?
    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.

  4. bhaisahab's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland

    • Join Date: Apr 2008
    • Posts: 25,615
    #6

    Re: Present perfect continuous tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Why not?
    Do you think that we can change it into passive voice using present perfect continuous?

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Polish
      • Home Country:
      • Poland
      • Current Location:
      • Poland

    • Join Date: Oct 2009
    • Posts: 1,704
    #7

    Re: Present perfect continuous tense

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Do you think that we can change it into passive voice using present perfect continuous?
    Is euncu's transormation wrong? It seems OK to me...

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • Egypt
      • Current Location:
      • Egypt

    • Join Date: Feb 2010
    • Posts: 312
    #8

    Re: Present perfect continuous tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Why not?
    Simply,Present perfect continuous tense can't be changed into passive.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Great Britain
      • Current Location:
      • Russian Federation

    • Join Date: May 2009
    • Posts: 349
    #9

    Re: Present perfect continuous tense

    I would say it is perfectly correct, but that use of this form is rather rare (for whatever reasons - possiby euphony is one).

    A quick google search, for example, unearthed this from a legal forum:

    HI- my friends and I have been being harrassed on the internet by a young woman who used to hang out with us.

  5. IHIVG's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Russian Federation

    • Join Date: Dec 2009
    • Posts: 354
    #10

    Re: Present perfect continuous tense

    The net is really chock-a-block with "I have been being..." form.
    Some posters in the forums however (particularly Americans) say that if they were to hear someone talking like that, they would think the person is not a native speaker. It sounds awkward.
    Almost all grammar sites note that Present Perfect Continuous Passive is NOT common.
    Interesting! You guys really have to stop pulling our legs and tell us the truth already!

Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. present perfect vs present perfect continuous
    By adel87 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 20-Nov-2009, 17:08
  2. i need urgent help
    By nita in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 11-Sep-2009, 13:13
  3. Present Perfect and Present Perfect Continuous
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 07-May-2008, 17:15
  4. Past perfect tense usage - lack of clarity
    By venkatasu in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 07-May-2008, 11:29
  5. Present Perfect Continuous Tense
    By ckcgordon in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: 30-Jul-2007, 16:31

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •