From what I know perfect continuous tenses don't have a passive form , but could we construct a sentence using the same structure as perfect continuous tenses , I mean instead of 'be' we can put 'get' in the sentence , now I ain't saying that the meaning of the sentence would remain the same .

For example -

  1. I have been getting bullied by my classmates for as long as I can remember .

Now this sentence doesn't sound incorrect to me , but I could be wrong . Would you please let me know if this is grammatically correct?

  • Please don't use the word "aint".
    – BillJ
    Nov 8, 2021 at 11:17

2 Answers 2


It's correct, and to my Canadian ears, totally natural.

In fact, you can make passive sentences with perfect continuous tenses, but "been being" sounds very awkward, and the non-continuous alternative (just the perfect tense) usually has the same meaning without the awkwardness. It's so uncommon in English that textbooks say the form doesn't exist.


It's perfectly grammatical. It's rather awkward, and so I don't think it's very likely, but I can certainly imagine somebody saying it.

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    Doesn't sound awkward to me. Except or maybe the uncontracted "I have."
    – cruthers
    Nov 8, 2021 at 23:01

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