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    #1

    A song is

    A song is sung by me.

    Should we use "being" after "is"?

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    #2

    Re: A song is

    Whether you use 'being' or not depends on the context. Both forms seem unnatural to me. Why are you using a passive form?

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    #3

    Re: A song is

    I'd say at least once a month, if not more often, we have to remind learners that just because you can create a grammatical sentence in the passive does not mean you should.
    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: A song is

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Whether you use 'being' or not depends on the context. Both forms seem unnatural to me. Why are you using a passive form?
    I was just practising how to construct active of the following sentence-

    I am singing a song.

    Should we use "being" in every present continuous tense?

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    Re: A song is

    Quote Originally Posted by suniljain View Post

    Should we use "being" in every present continuous tense?
    Yes. Whether the passive sentence is natural or not is another matter.


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    Re: A song is

    Quote Originally Posted by suniljain View Post
    Should we use "being" in every present continuous tense?
    I think it should be the -ing form instead of 'being' unless you mean the present continuous passive.
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    Re: A song is

    Quote Originally Posted by suniljain View Post
    I was just practising how to construct active of the following sentence: (-​)

    I am singing a song.
    That sentence is in the active voice. The sentence "a song is sung by me" is in the passive voice and is extremely unnatural.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 10-Jan-2016 at 21:04. Reason: Typo
    I am not a teacher.

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    #8

    Re: A song is

    ... or "A song is being sung by me", which I guess sounds even more unnatural.

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