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Future continuous – passive

There are several reasons as to why we use the passive voice in English. In these notes, we’re going to focus on the future continuous in the passive voice and its elaborations. Generally, we use the passive when the focus is on the action and NOT on WHO or WHAT is performing the action.

will + be + being + past participle

Uses:

 

  • The subject is unknown, therefore, we don’t know who or what is the subject. 

One way or another the dishes will be being washed tonight by someone.

 

  • We use the passive to emphasise the subject. 

Maria and Joseph will be being taken care of by their auntie during the Christmas holidays.

 

  • We use the passive to talk about general truths. 

The laws of physics will be being used by all scientists.

 

  • We can use the passive if we want to be unclear or vague about the subject.  

New arrivals will be being delivered to their new homes upon arrival this evening.

 

  • We use the passive when the subject is irrelevant. (We don’t care who or what has caused the action to be). 

Plants all across Europe will be being built over the course of the next five years.

 

  • We use the passive in a more formal atmosphere like a thesis or an important piece of writing, especially scientifically speaking. 

By the time the oxygen levels reach their highest point the related substances will be being inserted into the mix.

 

  • The future continuous (passive) in English is very, very formal and is rarely gets used. This tense is basically archaic.

 

 

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