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Somebody is using the computer right now.

If I change this sentence to a passive one, can I say

"The computer is being used right now."?

The answer in the textbook is "The computer is being used at the moment."

Could anyone explain the difference between "right now" and "at the moment"?

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    in this case, either one is fine and idiomatic, and they both have the same meaning.
    – Esther
    May 17, 2022 at 14:59
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    'Right now' is less formal than 'at the moment'. May 17, 2022 at 15:23

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The computer is being used now.

The computer is being used at the moment.

These are identical statements. At the moment means "right now."

You might also hear:

The computer is currently being used.

The computer is currently in use.

Your sentence is incorrect, however. It should be:

Is the computer being used right now?

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  • I have downvoted your answer on your false assertion that the question: Is the computer being used right now?"" is the passive form of the statement: **The computer is being used right now. You have merely turned the statement into a question. I shall vote your answer up again if you correct it. May 17, 2022 at 23:44
  • Thank you for explaining your vote so I could fix my error. I removed the word "passive." I'm not sure why I put it there in the first place lol. May 19, 2022 at 3:55

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