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    #1

    "Is missing" vs. "miss"

    Hello,
    I want to know if "is missing" is the only true form.

    (Small fictional example between 3 persons.)
    P1. "Nice party, but where is Lisa?"
    P2. "Lisa is missing."
    P3. "It seems she is always missing."

    Could the 3rd sentence also be:
    "It seems she always misses." ?
    I have the feeling that is missing is an own "word" which is independent of the tense...

    Cheers!

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    #2

    Re: "Is missing" vs. "miss"

    It seems she is always missing. Missing is used here as an

    adjective,i.e Lisa was is not present in the party.

    It seems she always misses. To miss( verb)

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    Re: "Is missing" vs. "miss"

    Okay, that means "is missing" (as an adjective) has to be used always.
    Thank you.

    Cheers!

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    #4

    Re: "Is missing" vs. "miss"

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Okay, that means "is missing" (as an adjective) has to be used always.
    Thank you.

    Cheers!
    It depends on the context in which the word is used. Sometimes, the verb "to miss" is also used in the progressive tense like in the following example:

    -I am really missing the point of what you are saying (I don't understand what you are saying).......missing here is a verb not an adjective.

    I hope things are clear for you now.

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    #5

    Re: "Is missing" vs. "miss"

    Yes,
    I guess I have understood it.
    "to miss" and "is/are missing" can be verbs.
    (Also other tenses are possible.)

    An adjective can only be "is/are missing", but not just "miss".
    Or even: "He was missing on my birthday" as an adjective.

    Thank you

    Cheers!

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