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    katerina.pata is offline Junior Member
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    passive voice

    Dear teachers or native speakers

    I have just read the following question in my colleague´s power point presentation: How many datasheets are being approved every month??
    Please, is it correct to combine are being and every month???

    Thank you for your help.kp

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    Re: passive voice

    Yes, it's fine.

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    Re: passive voice

    Rover, thank you very much for your answer...but, please, could you, or anybody else, make it clearer to me....How come that it is possible???

    I fully understand the following questions:
    How many datasheets are being approved?? (now)
    How many datasheets are approved every month?? (regularly)

    Thank you for your help. KP

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    Re: passive voice

    We are talking about this month, next month and forward so it is correct to use "being" for a continuing activity.

    We are also talking about individual months so the use of "every" is also correct.

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    Re: passive voice

    Quote Originally Posted by katerina.pata View Post
    Rover, thank you very much for your answer...but, please, could you, or anybody else, make it clearer to me....How come that it is possible???

    I fully understand the following questions:
    How many datasheets are being approved?? (now)
    How many datasheets are approved every month?? (regularly)

    Thank you for your help. KP
    This is just something that's possible in English, since we use the present progressive often where other languages only use the simple present.

    "How many people are turning up [turn up] to your weekly classes?"
    "How many people are actually buying this rubbish you're selling?" = "How many people actually buy this rubbish you sell?".

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    Re: passive voice

    Jamiep, Raymott

    thank you very much for your help...
    I am aware of different uses of present continuous tense, but this combination was not clear to me...
    THANKS a lot. KP

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