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Hello everybody,

I would like to ask someone to explain to me passive voice.

The door has been opened (present perfect)
The door has been being opened (present perfect continuous)
The door is opened (simple present )
The door is being opened (present continuous)

I know how to make sentences in passive voice but I don't know in which time to say or write them when I see what.

Thanks
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Hello Alia

It is a bit tough to explain 'passive voice' using the verb 'open'. First of all you have to know the verb 'open' can mean only an instantaneous action of opening something. So we can say like "The door was opened by the children when their father came back home", when we talk about a past instantaneous action. But we wouldn't say the simple present form "The door is opened" by itself, though we might say like "I'll enter the room as soon as the door is opened (by someone)". Likewise we rarely say "The door has been opened" by itself, though we might say like "The door has been opened only once in the past ten years" when we talk about a door to some secret room. When we want to talk about such an event that someone opened a door Monday and the door has been left in the state, we might say "The door has been open since Monday". Please note this 'open' is not a verb but an adjective to mean 'not closed'. Also we wouldn't often use the continuous passive form 'be being opened', though we might say like "The door has been being opened and closed incessantly by the child since this morning. So the door will soon get broken".

I hope this helps you

paco
Paco2004Hello Alia

It is a bit tough to explain 'passive voice' using the verb 'open'. First of all you have to know the verb 'open' can mean only an instantaneous action of opening something. So we can say like "The door was opened by the children when their father came back home", when we talk about a past instantaneous action. But we wouldn't say the simple present form "The door is opened" by itself, though we might say like "I'll enter the room as soon as the door is opened (by someone)". Likewise we rarely say "The door has been opened" by itself, though we might say like "The door has been opened only once in the past ten years" when we talk about a door to some secret room. When we want to talk about such an event that someone opened a door Monday and the door has been left in the state, we might say "The door has been open since Monday". Please note this 'open' is not a verb but an adjective to mean 'not closed'. Also we wouldn't often use the continuous passive form 'be being opened', though we might say like "The door has been being opened and closed incessantly by the child since this morning. So the door will soon get broken".

I hope this helps you

paco
ok I 'm still confoused I will give you sentence I hope you explain that to me , if i understand i will give you anther ..... I hope I'm not noise girl

explain that

The food has been being eaten

and

The instructions have been being changed

please explain seaprater

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Hello Alia

"The food has been being eaten" is also of rare use. A sentence like "Yesterday Tom went to his cornfield and found the crops had been being eaten by insects" might be possible.
As for the second one, you might complain about your teacher's lectures saying "His instructions have been being changed".

paco
Paco2004Hello Alia

"The food has been being eaten" is also of rare use. A sentence like "Yesterday Tom went to his cornfield and found the crops had been being eaten by insects" might be possible.
As for the second one, you might complain about your teacher's lectures saying "His instructions have been being changed".

paco
well , I understand first one

but sencond

His instructions have been being changed".

i can say instructions have changed

I think is better Emotion: smile
Yes you are right. I too thought (after I put the message) we would use "change" as an intransitive verb in that case. I'm sorry for this. So I would rewrite it as "His instructions have been being changed by the school principal".

paco
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ok lets explain that

is being

plz give me example

bye
sorry

is being + ed
"The engineers are now checking the machine".
"The machine is now being checked (by the enginners)"

paco
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