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    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    But I can't predict MY consumer behavior.

    Good point. You can't but what you are saying is "I am sure that someone is spending way too much on this and that right now without comparing prices". And help is on its way ...from Blacknomi!

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    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    I have a feel for it--the "ing" form, but I'd like to know how to explain it in a grammatical way.

    For me, "ing-form" suggests tentative, temporary. What do you think?
    If you're spending big bucks on your teen's prescription acne medicine, there may be an equal effective option at your drugstore.

    Yes, "ing" suggests something temporary in this case. Keep in mind that the simple present can be used in place of the progressive form in your example. This sentence is referring to something that is: 1. true 2. regular. It could be true and regular temporarily. This is enough to justify using the simple present even though this will not continue indefinitely. The acne will eventually go away, most likely.

    Using the progressive form in this sentence sounds more emphatic to me, and at the same time it suggests that this activity is temporary, which it most likely is. Using the progressive form also suggests the immediateness of this action. It really is happening now, though not necessarily at this very moment.

    If you spend big bucks on your teen's prescription acne medicine, there may be an equal effective option at your drugstore.
    Even if the simple present is used, context tells us that this is temporary.

    Both are correct.
    1. I spend big bucks on acne medicine.
    2. I'm spending big bucks on acne medicine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marylin
    Good point. You can't but what you are saying is "I am sure that someone is spending way too much on this and that right now without comparing prices". And help is on its way ...from Blacknomi!
    Don't let the money burn a hole in your pocket, Marylin.

    Mine has more holes than Swizz cheese.

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    I see what you mean, dvd!

    Thanks for dropping by.


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    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    I see what you mean, dvd!

    Thanks for dropping by.


    You're welcome.

    I don't like too much salt on my popcorn. A little salt is okay.

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    Cheese-topped.

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    Default Re: If you're spending, there may be

    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    Cheese-topped.

    Butter - NO margarine - please!

    Thank you,


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    You're welcome, Mr Picky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    You're welcome, Mr Picky.
    I admit I can be picky.


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    Quote Originally Posted by blacknomi
    Don't let the money burn a hole in your pocket, Marylin.

    Mine has more holes than Swizz cheese.
    Good for you! I don't have that worry - I am broke!..hehehehehe

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