Sentences with form "are being " + past tense

are they correct form of grammar. And what tense do they represent.


You are being missed.


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Yes, it is a grammatically correct sentence in the Present Progressive tense. It uses the Passive Voice too.

It says that someone is actively missing you (wishes you were near them), but says nothing about who exactly is missing you.

Transforming it into the Active Voice, we may get the following sentence:

[We are] missing you.

What can vary is the part in the brackets: it depends on who exactly is missing the person. It can me [I am], [she is], [he is], [they are] etc.

The word missed is not in the Past Tense in your example. It is in the Past Participle form. It has been put into this form to help form the Passive Voice construction, which consists of the verb to be + Past Participle.

Your sentence without the Progressive aspect will look like this:

You are missed. (BE + Past Participle = Passive Voice)

Then we add being to form the Progressive Aspect, in order to highlight the fact that the process of missing you is actively happening right now, that someone is actively missing you at this moment:

You are being missed. (Passive Voice + being to form the Progressive Aspect)

  • So this is a past participle form. And is being missed is correct form of grammar.
    – prit kalra
    Dec 10, 2014 at 18:12
  • @pritkalra: Yes. The word being helps to form the progressive aspect, used to stress the fact that a continuous process is taking place right now. Dec 10, 2014 at 18:16
  • Thanks Man. And what are the verbs used in this sentence ?
    – prit kalra
    Dec 10, 2014 at 18:19
  • @pritkalra: the only full-fledged verb in your sentence is are. The word being is a present participle, the word missed is a past participle. They have some verbal characteristics but are not, strictly speaking, verbs. Dec 10, 2014 at 18:20
  • 2
    Miss is usually stative, so people usually say "We miss you" in the simple present, not "We're missing you". It's not entirely impossible to use it dynamically, so the latter is possible too, though less common. And you might, very rarely, find an example like the OP's which is passive + progressive. But it's rare enough that I couldn't find any in any corpora I checked―I only found false positives in my searches. So I think it might be worth pointing out that people generally don't use miss this way.
    – user230
    May 9, 2015 at 22:08

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