My mother will be washing my clothes.


My clothes will be being washed by my mother.

Is this correct? It feels very odd to use 'be being' together like this.

  • Hi birajrai, this looks like a case of proofreading. Checking the validity of a sentence which doesn't come with a valid source or context will be considered as proofreading, which is not encouraged here on ELL. Also, avoid using the 'grammer' tag unless it is absolutely necessary. – Varun Nair Mar 9 '16 at 9:31
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    Just for the record, the passive-voice for your sentence would be : "My clothes will be washed by my mother." – Varun Nair Mar 9 '16 at 9:34
  • As a general rule, when making a sentence in passive voice, we only use the verb to be once: "The X will be Yed by the Z." It's not impossible to say "The X will be being...", but you already have a form of to be once in the sentence, so there is rarely a need to use it twice. – stangdon Mar 9 '16 at 15:58

If you want to retain the future continuous in the passive transformation, you can use "getting" instead of "being":

My clothes will be getting washed by my mother.

"will be being" is a combination a speaker of American English is not likely to hear in a lifetime.

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'My clothes will be washed by my mother'. I'm not aware of any other possible construction.

Even had you added an extra clause to the first sentence ('My mother will be washing my clothes next Sunday when I come to visit'), the passive will still be 'My clothes will be washed by my mother next Sunday when I come to visit'.

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  • As others have said, "Will be being washed", though rare, is perfectly grammatical and understandable. In the particular example you give, "when I come to visit", I find it more natural than "will be washed". – Colin Fine Mar 9 '16 at 17:23

The problem is most likely with the Active voice version, not the conversion to passive voice. "will be washing" is future continuous: you normally only use this if you want to describe two things that are happening at the same time, for example:

I will be lying in the sun while you are stuck in the office

So, unless you particularly want to specify something else that is happening while your mother washes your clothes, it would be better to write the first sentence as

My mother will wash my clothes

And then make the passive voice version like this:

My clothes will be washed by my mother.

If you really did want to specify something that was happening at the same time:

My mother will be washing my clothes while I am out partying

Then the passive voice version would be

My clothes will be being washed by my mother while I am out partying
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