Examples of Active passive voice past continuous tense

Prof. Fazal Rehman Shamil
Last modified on September 11th, 2021

Formula, Structure, and Rules for past continuous tense Active and passive voice

Formula for  Active voice Passive voice

(auxiliary verb- was/were+being+by)

Simple subject+was/were+verb(4)+object object+was/were+being+past participle(V3)+ by+subject
Negative subject+was/were+ not+verb(4)+object object+was/were+not+being+past participle(V3)+by+subject
Interrogative was/were+subject+verb(4)+object was/were+object+being+past participle(V3)+by+subject
Interrogative+Negative was/were+subject+not+verb(4)+object was/were+object+not+being+past participle(V3)+by+subject

 

Examples: 

 

Active: He was playing football.

Passive: Football was being played by him.

 

Active: He was not playing football.

Passive: Football was not being played by him.

 

Active: Was he playing football?

Passive:  Was football being played by him?

 

Active: Was he not playing football?

Passive:  Was football not being played by him?

 

Active: She was writing a book.

Passive: A book was being written by her.

 

Active: She was not writing a book.

Passive: A book was not being written by her.

 

Active: Was she writing a book?

Passive: Was a book being written by her?

 

Active: Was she not writing a book?

Passive: Was a book not being written by her?

 

Active: Hewlett-Packard was typing a document.

Passive: A document was being typed by Hewlett-Packard.

 

Active: Hewlett-Packard was not typing a document.

Passive: A document was not being typed by Hewlett-Packard.

 

Active: Was Hewlett-Packard typing a document?

Passive: Was a document being typed by Hewlett-Packard?

 

Active: Was Hewlett-Packard not typing a document?

Passive: Was a document not being typed by Hewlett-Packard?

 

Active: A cat was drinking milk.

Passive: Milk was being drunk by a cat.

 

Active: A cat was not drinking milk.

Passive: Milk was not being drunk by a cat.

 

Active: Was a cat drinking milk?

Passive: Was milk being drunk by a cat?

 

Active: Was a cat not drinking milk?

Passive: Was milk not being drunk by a cat?

 

Active: They were enjoying a picnic.

Passive: A picnic was being enjoyed by them.

 

Active: They were not enjoying a picnic.

Passive: A picnic was not being enjoyed by them.

 

Active: Were they enjoying a picnic?

Passive: Was a picnic being enjoyed by them?

 

Active: Were they not enjoying a picnic?

Passive: Was a picnic not being enjoyed by them?

 

Active: Tim Berners-Lee was entering the gate.

Passive: The gate was being entered by Tim Berners-Lee.

 

Active: Tim Berners-Lee was not entering the gate.

Passive: The gate was not being entered by Tim Berners-Lee.

 

Active: Was Tim Berners-Lee entering the gate?

Passive: Was the gate being entered by Tim Berners-Lee?

 

Active: Was Tim Berners-Lee not entering the gate?

Passive: Was the gate not being entered by Tim Berners-Lee?

 

Active: I was planting flowers.

Passive: Flowers were being planted by me.

 

Active: I was not planting flowers.

Passive: Flowers were not being planted by me.

 

Active: Was I planting flowers?

Passive: Were flowers being planted by me?

 

 Active: Was I not planting flowers?

Passive: Were flowers not being planted by me?

 

Active: James Gosling was taking breakfast.

Passive: Breakfast was taken by James Gosling.

 

Active: James Gosling was not taking breakfast.

Passive: Breakfast was not being taken by James Gosling.

 

Active: Was James Gosling taken breakfast?

Passive: Was breakfast being taken by James Gosling? 

 

Active: Was James Gosling not taken breakfast?

Passive: Was breakfast not being taken by James Gosling? 

 

Active: We were eating mangoes.

Passive: Mangoes were being eaten by us.

 

Active: We were not eating mangoes.

Passive: Mangoes were not being eaten by us.

 

Active: Were we eating mangoes?

Passive: Were mangoes being eaten by us?

 

Active: Were we not eating mangoes?

Passive: Were mangoes not being eaten by us?

 

Active: I was making noodles.

Passive: Noodles were being made by me.

 

Active: I was not making noodles.

Passive: Noodles were not being made by me.

 

Active: Was I making noodles?

Passive: Were noodles being made by me?

 

Active: Was I not making noodles?

Passive: Were noodles not being made by me?

 

Active: Linus was joining an office.

Passive: An office was being joined by Linus.

 

Active: Linus was not joining an office.

Passive: An office was not being joined by Linus.

 

Active: Was Linus joining an office?

Passive: Was an office being joined by Linus?

 

Active: Was Linus not joining an office?

Passive: Was an office not being joined by Linus?

 

Active: Torvalds was planting plants.

Passive: Plants were being planted by Torvalds.

 

Active: Torvalds was not planting plants.

Passive: Plants were not being planted by Torvalds.

 

Active: Was Torvalds planting plants?

Passive: Were plants being planted by Torvalds?

 

Active: Was Torvald not planting plants?

Passive: Were plants not being planted by Torvalds?

 

Active: Bill Gates was earning money.

Passive: Money was being earned by Bill Gates.

 

Active: Bill Gates was not earning money.

Passive: Money was not being earned by Bill Gates.

 

Active: Was Bill Gates earning money?

Passive: Was money being earned by Bill Gates?

 

Active: Was Bill Gates not earning money?

Passive: Was money not being earned by Bill Gates?

 

Active: You were eating pasta.

Passive: Pasa was being eaten by you.

 

Active: You were not eating pasta.

Passive: Pasta was not being eaten by you.

 

Active: Were you eating pasta?

Passive: Was pasta eaten by you?

 

Active: Were you not eating pasta?

Passive: Was pasta not eaten by you?

 

Active: They were playing a game.

Passive: A game was being played by them.

 

Active: They were not playing a game.

Passive: A game was not being played by them.

 

Active: Were they playing a game?

Passive: Was a game being played by them?

 

Active: Were they not playing a game?

Passive: Was a game not being played by them?

 

Active: Steve Jobs was painting a picture.

Passive: A picture was being painted by Steve Jobs.

 

Active: Steve Jobs was not painting a picture.

Passive: A picture was not being painted by Steve Jobs.

 

Active: Was Steve Jobs painting a picture?

Passive: Was a picture being painted by Steve Jobs?

 

Active: Was Steve Jobs not painting a picture?

Passive: Was a picture not being painted by Steve Jobs?

Learn More About Active & Passive Voice

  1. Simple present tense – Active and passive voice
  2. Present continuous tense – Active passive voice
  3. Present perfect tense – Active passive voice
  4. Simple past tense – Active Passive voice
  5. Past continuous tense – Active passive voice
  6. Past perfect tense –  Active passive voice
  7. Simple future tense – Active passive voice
  8. Future perfect tense – Active passive voice
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