proper use of passive present perfect continuous


Is this proper usage?  To me it sounds so awkward.


"Recently, the work has been being done by John."


Thank you so much for your timely response.

asked Jan 20 '14 at 09:47 Bethann New member

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I agree, Bethann.  It sounds very awkward.  I found your sentence on another grammar-related website.  (I'll add the link as a comment, since it won't paste in this section.)  You should have seen that right below this sentence it states: NOTE: Present Perfect Continuous is less commonly used in its passive form."  That's probably because it sounds so awkward. 


Present Perfect Continuous is used when something started in the past and it is still happening.  That implies there is some activity going on.  When you have action, it is usually easier to write in the active voice instead of passive.  There are some sentences that make sense to write in the passive voice.  The example given is not one of those times.

link answered Jan 20 '14 at 10:50 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

Here's the page where you found this example:

Patty TJan 20 '14 at 10:50

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