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    how to change it to passive

    Hi
    I would like to know how to change the following sentence to the passive .

    " They have been constructing a large building."

    Thanks

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    Re: how to change it to passive

    Try to do it yourself, then the teachers here will comment on it.

    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: how to change it to passive

    Is it like this:
    A large building has been being constructed.

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    Re: how to change it to passive

    I would use 'under construction' instead of 'being constructed'.

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    #5

    Re: how to change it to passive

    Quote Originally Posted by amd1361 View Post
    Is it like this:
    A large building has been being constructed.
    There's nothing grammatically wrong with this, but we tend to avoid be/been being​ as much as possible, so it's not a good sentence to use in the passive. Using something like under construction or the active makes for a far more natural sentence.

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    Re: how to change it to passive

    Students usually only want to know how to turn an elegant active voice sentence into an ugly, improbable passive one when it has been given to them as a class assignment.

    Is that the case here, amd?

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    Re: how to change it to passive

    If that's the case, the strict passive is "A large building has been being constructed by them."
    No one would say that though.


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