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"Letters have been being sent" sounds fine, to me. At any rate, it is the pattern of auxiliaries described by Chomsky in Syntactic Structures: (Modal) (have+en) (be+ing) (be+en) where the affixes are affixed to the following verb form (either auxiliary or real verb) by Affix Hopping. Your example is from Letters have+en be+ing be+en send which ...


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First, I agree that the example, as you stated it, does indeed sound a little strange. But I believe that it is the (over-)simplicity of the example -- a very short sentence, with no context around it -- that makes it sound strange. And I'm not saying anything about you; of course it is the case that these are precisely the kinds of examples that are used ...


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The present perfect progressive in passive voice is extremely rare. BNC has only two examples. http://bnc.bl.uk/saraWeb.php?qy=has+been+being&mysubmit=Go COCA has 8 incidents. http://corpus.byu.edu/coca/ Search for "has been being". The link does not work as I thought.



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