grammar issue

sadra posted:

hi is this sentence grammatically wrong or just uncommon : he screamed while being shot at.

Hello, Sadra, and welcome to the Grammar Exchange!

The sentence "He screamed while being shot at" is neither wrong nor uncommon. The sentence is grammatically correct, and the grammatical structures it contains are common. 

What is it about the sentence that perplexes you or causes you to worry that it might be wrong? Are you familiar with reduced adverbial clauses, the progressive passive, and the prepositional passive?

The sentence means the same thing as "He screamed while he was being shot at." And without the passive (past progressive prepositional passive), it would be: "He screamed while people were shooting at him."

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