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Hi,

I have a problem converting a sentence to passive voice.

For example:
sentence a) She will eat a cake.
I understand when this is turned to passive voice it is "A cake will be eaten by her"

But, take sentense b) She will be eating a cake.

Please tell me what it is like when this sentence is turned to passive voice.

Thanks in advance!
- Nilakshi
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AnonymousHi,I have a problem converting a sentence to passive voice.For example: sentence a) She will eat a cake.I understand when this is turned to passive voice it is "A cake will be eaten by her"But, take sentense b) She will be eating a cake.Please tell me what it is like when this sentence is turned to passive voice.Thanks in advance!- Nilakshi
HI Nilakshi;

Here is the pattern for the progressive passives:
Present:

A. She is eating a cake.
B. The cake is being eaten by her.

Past:
A. She was eating a cake.
P. The cake was being eaten by her.

Future:

A. She will be eating a cake.
P. A cake will be being eaten by her.
I would add that the passive versions of these sentences sound very awkward. I can't imagine anyone actually using them except in a grammar exercise.
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khoffI would add that the passive versions of these sentences sound very awkward. I can't imagine anyone actually using them except in a grammar exercise.
I can't imagine a sentence like A cake will be being eaten even in a grammar exercise. The grammar books I have read state that the passive continuous tenses are limited to the present and the past tense:

A new house is/was being built.

In other words will be being eaten is incorrect.

CB
[F] Thanks!!!

As a native speaker, I never actually use the passive progressive future, even though it is grammatically feasible:


1. After supper, Joe will be washing the dishes. (common)

2. After supper, the dishes will be being washed. (not used)

3. After supper, the dishes will be washed. (used as the passive for #1)


Most sources confirm that the future passive progressive is a "correct" grammatical structure, but is seldom, if ever, used in practice.


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Cool BreezeIn other words will be being eaten is incorrect.
I have never understood how some grammarians transform infrequency of use into incorrectness.

I have no doubt that the day will come for them when they will have a thought that demands the use of such a tense, and they will use it without hesitation, blasphemous though it may be! Emotion: big smile

CJ
CalifJimthey will have a thought that demands the use of such a tense, and they will use it without hesitation, blasphemous though it may be!
Chef Bordeaux is planning to bake an enormous King Cake that will have an entry in the Guinness book of records. It will be the largest cake to be consumed simultaneously by a huge crowd. The venue is the Olympic Stadium. Everyone in France is invited, and free tickets will be issued on a first-come first-serve basis next week. Participants' names will be registered in the Guiness Record book.

I can only imagine this event - that great King Cake will be being eaten for hours and hours upon end until every crumb is gone. Emotion: big smile
AlpheccaStarsthat great King Cake will be being eaten for hours and hours
Alphecca!!! I am petrified in horror at what you've written!

And you consider yourself capable of answering questions on an English forum? Tsk, tsk, tsk. What's the world coming to? Emotion: rofl

CJ
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