How would you turn it into Passive Voice?
I'd say: The ball has been kicked by Joe for the past 5 years.
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My point is if there's other way to do this to emphasize the continuous form found in active voice.
Soccer balls have been kicked by Joe for the past 5 years.
In one place or another, a soccer ball has been kicked by Joe for the past 5 years.
EyeSeeYouJoe has been kicking that ball for the past 5 years.
EyeSeeYouThe ball has been kicked by Joe for the past 5 years.Not quite.
That ball has been being kicked by Joe for the past five years.
EyeSeeYouJoe has been kicking that ball for the past 5 years.The continuous perfect is incorrect in the passive. In other words, your sentence cannot be changed into the passive.
Cool BreezeBut -- CJ just did it. I would say it doesn't sound very natural in the passive, but what's "incorrect" about CJ's version? (That ball has been being kicked by Joe for the past five years)
I think a more colloquial, more natural sounding version would be "That ball has been getting kicked by Joe for five years."
And I don't think either of these passive forms imply five years of continuous ball-kicking any more than the original (active voice) sentence does.
Just my 2 cents' worth.
P.S. This is weird -- when I first read the original post (how would you put this sentence into the pasive voice), my reaction was "Why would you want to? It would be "That ball has been being kicked...." but it sounds awful. Don't do it." But then, as soon as CB said you can't do it, I immediately wanted to defend the passive voice version. So I guess I would say you can put into passive voice, but a native speaker probably wouldn't in ordinary conversation.
CJ-- do you like my "getting kicked" variation?
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