Verb tense question: "keep being told"

Reply Sun 5 Apr, 2015 12:06 pm
Can anyone help me identify the verb tense of this spoken sentence:
I keep being told . . .
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Reply Sun 5 Apr, 2015 01:00 pm
Keep is the present tense. We use keep and a gerund verb form to express the idea of repeated or continual action.

Simple Past
The sun kept shining
He kept being late
I kept knocking on his door until he answered

Simple Present
I keep seeing John
The car keeps stopping
The dog keeps barking

Simple Future
I will keep writing until I hear from him.
The alarm will keep ringing until you turn it off
The fire will keep burning until all the wood is used up.

Reply Sun 5 Apr, 2015 05:45 pm

Thanks. I was thinking of "keep" being used as some sort of regional helping verb rather than as an action verb.

Do you think being passive would alter that classification?
Passive: I keep being told.
Active: They keep telling me.
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