English Grammar Past Continuous Passive
Learn English Past Continuous Passive Grammar

Grammar Level 4- Lesson Ten

In this grammar lesson, you learn about Past Continuous Passive in English and how to use it in your English conversation and writing. Just follow examples and write them down a few times to learn them very well. After finishing this lesson, you should work on its quiz.

Grammar Recap

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The Past Continuous, Passive Voice


S + (be: was or were) + being + past participle


This tense is confusing because the verb “be” appears twice. This example uses the verb “teach” as the main verb:

teach / taught / taught

I was being taught
You were being taught
He was being taught
She was being taught
It was being taught

We were being taught
You were being taught
They were being taught

* This is similar to the causative form which we will look at in grammar level 4, Lesson 15 (English Grammar Unusual Uses Of Get And Have with examples)



1. The book was being read by the boy. (passive voice)

The boy was reading the book. (past continuous tense, active voice)

2. Pancakes were being made in the kitchen.

He was being helped by his wife.

3. Flowers were being grown in this garden. (passive voice)

I was growing the flowers last year. (active voice)

4. This man was being held in a prison because he did something very bad.

5. She was being hugged by her brother. (passive voice)

Her brother was hugging her. (active voice)

The past continuous tense in the passive voice is not easy to use. Until you know it well, I don’t recommend its use. In some situations, it sounds strange.


Quiz for Past Continuous Passive

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