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english grammer question
Hello everyone. I have a question from English speakers
can we say "he had been being"?
I mean is it true to use "be" in past perfect continious form? I wanna know if it is true academically or not.
thank you in advance

May 20, 2020 10:20 AM
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Hi Zahra,

I'd say yes you can say this depending on the context.

For example " He had been being silly/nice/friendly/kind etc over the weekend. "

This is where you are describing a certain kind of behaviour using to be and over a certain period of time for example in this sentence.

There are other times when it wouldn't be recommendable, say "Chocolate has been being produced in Central America for many years now." It'd be better to put "Chocolate has been produced in Central America for many years now."

I hope this helps:)
May 20, 2020
Hello Martin 
Understood. thank you so much. I appreciate your help
May 20, 2020
I think tinnu morafon nailed it !
some verbs like be, see, know, have are not commonly used in the continuous tense. However, the exception for it is if the state is temporal
"I have a brother" means one thing, and "I am having a brother today" means something else (Probably my mom is giving birth right now). Moreover, "You are silly" and "You are being silly" are different in the same manner. One is a temporary state.
The question of if this is academically accurate: yes, it is. Not as common as other tenses, but it may occur.

If it is used in the past, or the past perfect, then the nuance in its meaning would carry the same effect

Great question ! loved it !

cheers !

I hope I helped somehow


May 20, 2020
understood. Thank you so much. I am grateful
May 20, 2020
I think you got it .
"I have been being sad" makes perfect sense to me. It differs slightly from "I have been sad", which isn't continuous, or "I am being sad", which doesn't call attention to the fact that it started in the past.
May 20, 2020
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