They're sounding the alarm. - okay
He's sounding tired. - not okay
That band is sounding pretty good. Let me tell you. - Here, one could use sound to intensify the action, which would emphasize the idea that the band sounds good. However, typically "sound" is not progressive as a linking verb.
You're being tired. - Would you say this? I wouldn't. So why would I say "you're sounding tired"? I wouldn't say "you're sounding tired".
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Just as "I'm liking it" is possible among native speakers even though "like" is a stative verb, "sounding tired" is possible even though "sound" is not typically used as a progressive verb.
Anything's possible - sometimes.
The boundary that separates "correct" from "incorrect" in English is, in certain cases , not 100% clear.
My advice to a student is this: don't use "sound" as a progressive verb, though you could hear it used that way when a speaker wants to intensify a state or a condition.
You sound bad. You'd better get some rest.
Man! You're sounding really bad. You just better stay in today and get some rest.
Please, produce an example of such a time when I've "defended American dialect". You are using the phrase "defended American dialect", while "commented on informal usage" is more appropriate.
Last edited by PROESL; 04-Sep-2009 at 22:45.