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Are being vs. have been #1 (permalink) Sat Mar 18, 2006 21:25 pm   Are being vs. have been
 

English Language Proficiency Tests, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #118 "Passive Tense Forms", question 3

All these houses ......... neglected for decades.

(a) will be
(b) are being
(c) has been
(d) have been

English Language Proficiency Tests, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #118 "Passive Tense Forms", answer 3

All these houses have been neglected for decades.

Correct answer: (d) have been

Your answer was: incorrect
All these houses are being neglected for decades.
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why I cant use "are being" intead of "have been"?
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Are being vs. have been #2 (permalink) Sat Mar 18, 2006 22:16 pm   Are being vs. have been
 

Hi,

If you use are being, this would mean at the moment/at this time. The sentence ends with for decades, which refers to the period from then until now and for that you need the Present Perfect Passive have been neglected and not the Present Continuous Passive.

Hopeful of helping.

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