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We use it to talk about those actions that continued in the past time. And we use the helping verb of past Progressive tense (was, were).

Running Action

We use it for past running action.

Formula: Object + Helping Verb + being + Verb 3rd + By + Object
  • The class was being taken.
  • They were being awarded.
  • The Punishment was being given to the student.
  • Negative: Class was not being taken
  • Interrogative: Was class being taken?
  • Neg. Int: Was class not being taken?
Formula: Object + Helping Verb(Was/ Were) + being + Verb 3rd(form) + by + Object(subject of the Active Voice)

More Examples

Here are some more examples of Passive Voice Past Progressive.


  • The punishment was being given.
  • Movies were being watched.
  • A Fight was being fought.
  • The plants were being watered.
  • Oscar award was being given by Tom Cruise.
  • The Food was being distributed to poor families.

  • The Punishment was not being given.
  • The plants were not being watered by the gardener.

  • Was punishment being given?
  • Were the plants being watered by the gardener?

  • Was punishment not being given?
  • Were the plants not being watered by the gardener?


By these examples, you can easily understand the difference between Active Voice and Passive Voice of Past Progressive/Continuous.

Active VoicePassive Voice
He was playing a game on the computer.A game was being played by him on computer
She was baking pizzaA pizza was being baked by her
They were watching moviesThe movies were being watched by them
The theatre was keeping a seat for youA seat was being kept for you