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Continuous Passives
This week, we're continuing our discussion of passives with a look at continuous passives. We challenge Guy from Martinique to come up with correct sentences using this very tricky grammar. How will he do?


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Continuous Passives

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There are four main elements to a continuous passive sentence: the 'passive subject', the verb 'to be', the word 'being', and the past participle of the verb.

Present continuous passive

passive subject 'to be' being past participle  
The bridge is being painted this year
The interviews are being held in the office

Past continuous passive

passive subject 'to be' being past participle  
The bridge was being painted last year
The interviews were being held in the office

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