Passive Voice of Past Continuous Tense in English Grammar

5. Passive Voice of Past Continuous Tense in English Grammar

Rules to Form Passive Voice: 
  • Use Was/Were as helping or auxiliary verbs. 
  •  Use ‘being’ after the helping verb. 
  • Use 3rd form of Verb. 
  • The (Action-Doer) Subject becomes the (Action-Receiver) Object and vice versa. 
  • Use ‘by’, if required, after the verb or before the newly-formed object. 

 a) Affirmative Passive Voice of Past Continuous Tense

Affirmative Active Voice of Present Continuous Tense  
Structure:  
(Action-Doer) Subject → Was/Were → 1st  form of Verb (V1) + ‘ing’ → (Action-Receiver) Object. 
Affirmative Passive Voice of Past Continuous Tense  
Structure: 
(Action-Receiver) Subject → Was/Were → Being → 3rd form of Verb (V3) → by → (Action-Doer) Object. 
Examples: 
  • They were killing an elephant. (Active Voice) 
  • An elephant was being killed by them(Passive Voice) 
  • I was eating mangoes. (Active Voice) 
  • Mangoes were being eaten by me(Passive Voice) 
  • Rani was writing the book. (Active Voice) 
  • The book was being written by Rani(Passive Voice) 

 (b) Negative Passive Voice of Past  Continuous Tense  

Structure: 
(Action-Receiver) Subject → Was/Were → Not → Being → 3rd form of Verb (V3) → by → (Action-Doer) Object. 
Examples: 
  • They were not killing an elephant. (Active Voice) 
  • An elephant was not being killed by them(Passive Voice) 
  • I was not eating mangoes. (Active Voice) 
  • Mangoes were not being eaten by me(Passive Voice) 
  • Rani was not writing the book. (Active Voice) 
  • The book was not being written by Rani(Passive Voice) 

 (c) Interrogative Passive Voice of Past Continuous Tense  

Structure: 
Was/Were → (Action-Receiver) Subject → Being → 3rd form of Verb (V3) → by → (Action-Doer) Object? 
Examples: 
  • Were they killing an elephant? (Active Voice) 
  • Was an elephant being killed by them? (Passive Voice) 
  • Was I eating mangoes? (Active Voice) 
  • Were mangoes being eaten by me? (Passive Voice) 
  • Was Rani writing the book? (Active Voice) 
  • Was the book being written by Rani? (Passive Voice) 
 d) Interrogatives-cum-W/H-words Passive Voice of Past Continuous Tense 
Structure: 
W/H-word → Was/Were → (Action-Receiver) Subject → Being → 3rd form of Verb (V3) → by → (Action-Doer) Object? 
Examples: 
  • Why were they killing an elephant? (Active Voice) 
  • Why was an elephant being killed by them? (Passive Voice) 
  • Where was I eating mangoes? (Active Voice) 
  • Where were mangoes being eaten by me? (Passive Voice) 
  • How was Jack writing the book? (Active Voice) 
  • How was the book being written by Jack? (Passive Voice) 

 e) Interrogatives-cum-Negative Passive Voice of Past Continuous Tense 

Structure: 
W/H-word → Was/Were → (Action-Receiver) Subject → Not → Being → 3rd form of Verb (V3) → by → (Action-Doer) Object. 
  • Examples: 
  • Why were they not killing an elephant? (Active Voice) 
  • Why was an elephant not being killed by them? (Passive Voice) 
  • Where was I not eating mangoes? (Active Voice) 
  • Where were mangoes not being eaten by me? (Passive Voice) 
  • How was Aleeza not writing the book? (Active Voice) 
  • How was the book not being written by Aleeza? (Passive Voice) 
Also Visit
Six (6) Progressive Tenses in English Language 
Four (4) Past-cum-Future Tenses in English Language 
Twelve (12) Tenses in English Language 
Passive Voice Available for Eight Tenses 

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