Passive Voice of Continuous Past Tense

Passive voice of past continuous tense- How to form?

Passive voice of past continuous tense tells us that the action was being done on the object in the past. We should keep in mind that we have to use auxiliary verb in past tense. There is use of being and past participle of verb. We shall see how we can change active voice into passive voice of continuous past tense.

Here are some examples of continuous past tense.

All these examples are in active voice.

  • I was watching a movie.
  • They were playing kabaddi.
  • She was washing clothes.

Formation of active voice and passive voice in continuous past tense

Here is the formation.

Active voice

The sentence of continuous past tense in active form is-

Passive voice

Passive formation of the sentence in continuous past tense is-

  • Object + past tense of auxiliary verb + being + past participle of main verb + by + subject

We have a sentence and we have to change it from active to passive. Let’s see how to change.

The sentence is-

  • I was watching a movie.

Formation of the above sentence is-

Subject ‘I’ + past tense of auxiliary verb ‘was’ + present participle of ‘watch’ + object ‘movie’

We have to change above sentence into passive voice.

According to the formation rule we have seen, we can write above sentence as;

  • A movie was being watched by me.

In this sentence, the formation is-

Object ‘a movie’ + past tense of auxiliary verb ‘was’ + being + past participle of verb ‘watch’ + by + subject ‘me’

To better understand, we shall take an example in table.

Example of passive voice with three persons

Now we shall take a sentence with three persons of singular as well as plural number.

Have a look-

   
1st person -IActive VoiceI was finishing the work.
Passive VoiceThe work was being finished by me.
WeActive VoiceWe were finishing the work.
Passive VoiceThe work was being finished by us.
2nd person -YouActive VoiceYou were finishing the work.
Passive VoiceThe work was being finished by you.
YouActive VoiceYou were finishing the work.
Passive VoiceThe work was being finished by you.
3rd person - HeActive VoiceHe was finishing the work.
Passive VoiceThe work was being finished by him.
SheActive VoiceShe was finishing the work.
Passive VoiceThe work was being finished by her.
TheyActive VoiceThey were finishing the work.
Passive VoiceThe work was being finished by them.

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