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Future perfect 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 perfect 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.

Construction: will + have + been + being + past participle (helped, known) 

Example verb: calculate

I will have been being calculated   We will have been being calculated
You will have been being calculated You (guys) will have been being calculated
He/she/it will have been being calculated   They will have been being calculated
(1) The subject is unknown. We don’t know who is the subject. 
  • These artefacts will have been being observed in art galleries all over the world as the mystery as to who painted them still endures.
(2) We use the passive to emphasise the subject. 
  • By the year 2020, I will have been being studying for two years.
(3) We use the passive to talk about general truths. 
  • The earth will have been being kept on a constant spin for over 4.5 billion years by this year yet once again.
(4) We can use the passive if we want to be unclear or vague about the subject.  
  • Nobody has any clue as to who will have been being elected president during the 2034 term of the presidency.  
(5) We use the passive when the subject is irrelevant. (We don’t care who or what has caused the action to be). 
  • These cities will have been being worked on for over five years by next month.   
(6) We use the passive in a more formal atmosphere like a thesis or an important piece of writing, especially scientifically speaking. 
  • Languages will continue to evolve for the entirety of our lives and will have still been being spoken by everyone on the planet within the next century and well into the future.

Note that, the future perfect continuous (passive) is very outdated and could even be considered mostly archaic, although, this passive form can still be used and makes perfect sense.

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Lesson #39: Future perfect continuous – passive

Explanation

Construction: will + have + been + being + past participle (drunk, lived)

Example verb: repair

I will have been being repaired   We will have been being repaired
You will have been being repaired You (guys) will have been being repaired
He/she/it will have been being repaired They will have been being repaired
Context
  • Our current projects will have been being worked on for five years by next year.1 It’s certainly been quite some time, hasn’t it?2
  • It definitely has.3 Working4 at a technology company requires much time for future products before they can be sold to the public.5
  • Our main application that we’re working on,6 associated with “big data” will have been being built for three years by this Friday.7
  • What’s your opinion on big data?
  • Big data is only really useful once you can analyse it.8
  • What do you do with the data once you’ve analysed it?
  • That’s the million-dollar question, David.9
Analysis
  1. Our current projects will have been being worked on for five years by next year. ‘Will have been being worked on’ is the future perfect continuous in the passive voice. To see the future perfect continuous in the passive voice is uncommon although it is used occasionally. In the active, the above sentence would be ‘we will have been working on our current projects for five years by next year’. In the passive voice the object becomes the subject and vice versa.
  2.  It’s certainly been quite some time, hasn’t it? An example of a question tag. Positive to negative and vice versa.
  3. It definitely has. This is a form of ellipsis and is short for ‘it definitely has been quite some time’. Ellipsis is very common so that we can avoid redundancy.
  4. Working at a technology company. ‘Working’ is the gerund. We can use gerunds as subjects and objects in English. I.e. drinking is good for your health. I think working is important. In the above sentences, ‘drinking’ is the subject of the sentence, and ‘working’ is the object of the sentence.
  5. Future products before they can be sold to the public. ‘Be sold’ is the present simple in the passive voice.
  6. Our main application that we’re working on. The present continuous ‘we’re working on’ (be + gerund) is used here to describe a temporary state. The present continuous is used to talk about permanent and temporary states in English.
  7. “Big data” will have been being built for three years by this Friday. ‘Will have been being built’ is the future continuous in the passive voice. The focus is on the subject ‘big data’ therefore the passive voice is used.
  8. Big data is only really useful once you can analyse it. ‘Is’ and ‘can’ are parts of main auxiliary verbs being used in the present simple. Here, the present simple is used (active) to talk about truthful information.
  9. That’s the million-dollar question. This is a common expression meaning ‘a question whose answer is worth a lot’. Or ‘a question with a very meaningful answer’.

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