View Poll Results: I ____ with my sister until the work's finished.

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  • stay

    487 35.94%
  • am staying

    772 56.97%
  • Either

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    Default Present Simple or Progressive?

    Why?

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    "I stay with my sister until the work's finished" could describe a regular event. "I am staying with my sister until the work's finished" describes somebody's intentions.

    :)

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    Default Re: Present Simple or Progressive?

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Why?
    To me, "I'll be staying with my sister until the work's finished" expresses a future intention stated in continuous time, whereas "I'm staying with my sister until the work's finished" expresses a present event stated in continuous time. As for ?"I stay with my sister until the work's finished", I'm at a loss at to what it means. It's not acceptable in my dialect of English.

    Cas :)

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    Example:

    • I am the assistant manager at X, where my sister is the manager. We don't have regular hours. I stay with my sister until the work's finished, then we go home.


    Eh?

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    The 'I stay' sentence makes no sense to me as the 'while' clause suggests it's a one-off event.

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    how about when we use "since"
    I stay with my sister since the work's finished.
    I am staying with my sister since the work's finished.

    which one is correct?

    for this topic "until"
    i choose stay for it
    reason:
    stay, in here means a period of time
    am stay, means a point
    can you say that it is a point? No, so i choose stay

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    Neither is correct- since points backwards.

    'am staying'is correct because it shows that the action is temporary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Example:

    • I am the assistant manager at X, where my sister is the manager. We don't have regular hours. I stay with my sister until the work's finished, then we go home.


    Eh?

    :)
    I agree with you. It is a perfectly reasonable sentence when it is used to describe a habit. :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Example:

    • I am the assistant manager at X, where my sister is the manager. We don't have regular hours. I stay with my sister until the work's finished, then we go home.


    Eh?

    :)
    I agree with you. It is a perfectly reasonable sentence when it is used to describe a habit. :wink:
    It's about time somebody agreed with me.

    :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Example:

    • I am the assistant manager at X, where my sister is the manager. We don't have regular hours. I stay with my sister until the work's finished, then we go home.


    Eh?

    :)
    I agree with you. It is a perfectly reasonable sentence when it is used to describe a habit. :wink:
    It's about time somebody agreed with me.

    :wink:
    I often do. :wink:

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