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Topic Subject:Grammar help: when do you use being in a passive voice?
remato
Squire
posted 12-09-08 00:00 AM CT (US)         
For instance, say you have these:

I was attacked by a ferocious mosquito
I was being attacked by a ferocious mosquito

So is there any difference between the two? How so? How should I know when to use being in a passive voice?
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Cobra the Mediocre
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(id: The_Cobra_81)
posted 12-09-08 00:18 AM CT (US)     1 / 3       
I was always told never to use the passive voice. It was instructed that passive voice was bad form or something. Then lab work was started (by me) and all procedures had to be written like this.

I guess what is being said is that I gave up trying to figure whether to use it or not.

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Evil Tailor
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(id: Other White Meat)
posted 12-09-08 03:56 AM CT (US)     2 / 3       
'I was attacked by a ferocious mosquito.'
You were attacked and then that was it:

'I was attacked by a ferocious mosquito when I was crossing the street.'
(Here you have an example of the second thing as well.)

'I was being attacked by a ferocious mosquito...'
You were in the middle of doing stuff, and usually when you use this, you imply this is the premise, and then something happened, e.g.:

'I was being attacked by a ferocious mosquito when I was also attacked by a ferocious koala, and after I fought off the koala I could start concentrating on the mosquito again.'

Any help?

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[This message has been edited by Other White Meat (edited 12-09-2008 @ 04:18 AM).]

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(id: Lord_Fadawah)
posted 12-09-08 05:13 PM CT (US)     3 / 3       
You can use the passive voice to switch the subject and object of a clause if you think it's appropriate.

"A bus ran over me as I went to school" has a different impact to "As I went to school the bus ran over me".
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