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    #1

    has been being

    Is there any sentence with this (has been being) combination in the world?

    I don't think so.

    Please help me.


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    Re: has been being

    In fact it is a recognised use:

    This building [has been] [being constructed ]for four months and has still not been completed

    My five year old kitten[has been][being treated]for an eye infection.

    It is the Present Perfect Progressive -
    Present form of 'have' + been + being + past participle

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    #3

    Re: has been being

    he's been being nice all morning


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    Re: has been being

    Thank you Anglika and Hamlet.

    This building has been being constructed for four months and has still not been completed

    My five year old kitten has been being treated for an eye infection.

    But these sentences does not make any sense to me. Could you explain what they mean?


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    Re: has been being

    [I'm just a student]

    That's because they're weird. And you wouldn't hear them in everyday usage. Actually, I would never ever want to hear them :p

    This building has been under construction for four months...
    My five-year-old kitten has been undergoing treatment for an eye infection.

    That's better (unless I've made a mistake somewhere)

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    #6

    Re: has been being

    Quote Originally Posted by Trisia View Post
    [I'm just a student]

    That's because they're weird. And you wouldn't hear them in everyday usage. Actually, I would never ever want to hear them :p

    This building has been under construction for four months...
    My five-year-old kitten has been undergoing treatment for an eye infection.

    That's better (unless I've made a mistake somewhere)
    I agree with you.


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    #7

    Re: has been being

    [Not a teacher]

    I agree with Trisia about the "building" example; I would prefer, "This building has been under construction..." as well.

    But the "kitten" example seems just fine to me, and I would probably use it more often than not, and I would most likely use it much more often than the version containing "undergoing treatment for an eye infection."

    The phrase also seems to be quite common colloquially, as in:

    "I'm having trouble with the machine again."
    "Yeah, I'm not surprised. That machine has been being difficult the whole morning."



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    Lightbulb Re: has been being

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    Thank you Anglika and Hamlet.

    This building has been being constructed for four months and has still not been completed

    My five year old kitten has been being treated for an eye infection.

    But these sentences does not make any sense to me. Could you explain what they mean?
    They make perfect sense! Lets use the example: My room has been painted and My room has been being painted.
    In both sentences you can add since or for as it is Present Perfect and Present Perfect Continuous (also known as Progressive).
    The first sentence means that your room has been painted- you started in the past and you have just finished. It is done. You are not going to paint anymore as the room looks lovely . Done deal, when the second sentence has a slightly different meaning. You started painting in the past (since yesterday, Monday, July or for two days, 3 months etc.) and you have been painting up till now when you say this sentence but you havent finished painting meaning you might continue painting tomorrow because it has not been done yet. In both cases you pay attention on the duration. It is very rare to use the Present Perfect Continuous Passive form but it is correct. I hope you understand what I meant.

    Got it all?
    So use a propa grama now, innit! :)
    Last edited by kosaniec; 28-Dec-2009 at 03:13.


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    #10

    Re: has been being

    You do realise that this thread was started almost 2.5 years ago, and that the last post was over a year ago?

    Look at the dates please, and no 'thread necromancy'!


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