What is the difference in meaning between

  1. He had taken a photo of me


  1. He had been taking a photo of me.

What would be the passive voice of sentence 1?

  1. I had my photo taken
  2. A photo of me had been taken

Are these sentences grammatically correct? Do they make sense?

  • @deadrat The question should be migrated to ELL, it is now answerable. I took the liberty of changing taken in sentence 2 to taking, which I think is where the confusion arose from. Both words have very similar (if not identical) pronunciations.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Nov 24, 2016 at 9:09
  • @Mari-LouA You're probably right, but I hope chen wei chimes in to confirm. I'll delete my original comment, which is not misleading.
    – deadrat
    Nov 24, 2016 at 10:34
  • I had been taken a photo of me sounds wierd. Nov 24, 2016 at 13:06
  • @user178049 agreed, I've changed it now.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Nov 24, 2016 at 13:44

1 Answer 1

  1. He was finished taking the photo and then something else happened.
  2. He was in the process of taking the photo when something else happened.

For 3 and 4, yes and yes.

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