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    passive

    Is it correct to say:
    John has been doing the work. As an Active statement
    the work has been being done by John. Passive
    the passive seems ackwards to me, but
    If it is correct, do we always have to use BEING in the passive

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    Re: passive

    Quote Originally Posted by alexka View Post
    Is it correct to say: The work has been being done by John. Passive
    the passive seems ackwards to me
    Despite what some people seem to think, there is nothing 'incorrect' about a present perfect passive progressive construction.

    However, as you write, it seems awkward, and most people avoid using it. The non-progressive form is normally used, even when a progressive form might well be used in the active equivalent. Of course, most people would probably use the active construction in the first place.

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