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Past Continuous Passive: Recognise

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Recognise & Form: Past Continuous Passive


Structures of Past Continuous Passive

Let's first have a look at the structure of the Past Continuous Passive in terms of the various grammatical moods (indicative, interrogative, imperative) and in terms of polarity (positive and negative). And also: first and third person form where different.

TO BE (Past Form) + BEING + PAST PARTICIPLE

Positive Structures
indicative You were being watched.
interrogative Were they being filmed?
imperative NOT APPLICABLE
1st person singular indicative I was being investigated.
1st person singular interrogative Was I being ignored?
3rd person singular indicative It was being produced
3rd person singular interrogative Was she being taken?

Negative Structures
indicative They were not being arrested
indicative contracted We weren't being discussed
interrogative Were you not being attacked?
interrogative Weren't they being fed?
imperative NOT APPLICABLE
1st person singular indicative I was not being taught
1st person singular indicative contracted I wasn't being recorded
1st person singular interrogative Was I not being watched?
1st person singular interrogative contracted Wasn't I being promoted?
3rd person singular indicative She was not being followed
3rd person singular indicative contracted He wasn't being allowed
3rd person singular interrogative Was she not being treated?
3rd person singular interrogative contracted Wasn't it being mended?

RECOGNISE: Past Continuous Passive

Recognise the Verb


Weren't they being sold?

Modal / Tense & main VERB

PAST / to SELL

'First' Infinitive?

to be being sold

Be + Past Participle?

Yes, = PASSIVE
Next infinitive = to be being

Be + -ING?

Yes, = CONTINUOUS
Next infinitive = to be

Have + Past Participle?

No

Answer

To Sell
Past
Continuous
Passive


Recognise the Verb


We were being investigated

Modal / Tense & VERB

PAST / to INVESTIGATE

'First' Infinitive?

to be being investigated

Be + Past Participle?

Yes, = PASSIVE
Next infinitive = to be being

Be + -ING?

Yes, = CONTINUOUS
Next infinitive = to be

Have + Past Participle?

No

Answer

To Investigate
Past
Continuous
Passive


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Amazing! They are being manufactured for free!

VERB?
Tense/Modal/Structure
ASPECT(s)
VOICE


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Answer


To Manufacture
Present
Continuous
Passive

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