Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Italian
      • Home Country:
      • Malta
      • Current Location:
      • Romania

    • Join Date: Aug 2011
    • Posts: 341
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    are these forms correct?

    Are these forms correct:

    I am thinking about it all day.
    I am thinking of you all the time.
    I've been thinking about it all day.

  1. 5jj's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 28,167
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: are these forms correct?

    The second and third are fine. The first does not sound very natural to me.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Italian
      • Home Country:
      • Malta
      • Current Location:
      • Romania

    • Join Date: Aug 2011
    • Posts: 341
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: are these forms correct?

    So the first one should have been with the present perfect?

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2009
    • Posts: 3,505
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4

    Re: are these forms correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by allthewayanime View Post
    Are these forms correct:

    I am thinking about it all day.
    I am thinking of you all the time.
    I've been thinking about it all day.
    "Think" is a stative verb which, by rule, is not used in present continuous form. So, in your #''s 1 & 2 "think" is not used correctly. #3 is OK.

  2. 5jj's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 28,167
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #5

    Re: are these forms correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    "Think" is a stative verb which, by rule, is not used in present continuous form. So, in your #''s 1 & 2 "think" is not used correctly. #3 is OK.
    If you are actively engaging in thought, then 'think' is not being used statively. so #2 is fine. Other correct examples:

    I am thinking of leaving Prague.
    Be quiet. I am thinking.

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2009
    • Posts: 3,505
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #6

    Re: are these forms correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    The second and third are fine. The first does not sound very natural to me.
    #2: Well, the combination of the present continuous form with "all the time" doesn't sound natural to me. I would rather, "I think of you all the time".

  3. 5jj's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 28,167
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #7

    Re: are these forms correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    #2: Well, the combination of the present continuous form with "all the time" doesn't sound natural to me. I would rather, "I think of you all the time".
    We are in the area of personal preference here. Both forms are fine - in BrE, at least. The progressive form emphasises the duration, the on-goingness, of the process,

  4. Alamshar's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Ireland
      • Current Location:
      • Spain

    • Join Date: Sep 2011
    • Posts: 37
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #8

    Re: are these forms correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by allthewayanime View Post
    So the first one should have been with the present perfect?
    You can use the verb "think" with the present perfect but it depends on what you want to say . I would use the present perfect continuous: "I've been thinking about it all day". The fact that it's today makes it a very recent action and therefore "I've thought about it all day" does not sound right

  5. 5jj's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 28,167
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #9

    Re: are these forms correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alamshar View Post
    You can use the verb "think" with the present perfect but it depends on what you want to say . I would use the present perfect continuous: "I've been thinking about it all day". The fact that it's today makes it a very recent action and therefore "I've thought about it all day" does not sound right
    Once again, both forms are possible; it's a matter of personal choice. Once again, the progressive form emphasises the duration, the on-goingness, of the process; it also suggests the possibility that the thinking is continuing at the moment of speaking.

  6. Barb_D's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2007
    • Posts: 17,564
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #10

    Re: are these forms correct?

    In the right context -- a new, temporary, and pressing situation -- even the first one could work.

    I am so stuck on this problem. I am thinking about it all day. I'm even dreaming about it at night.It's been almost two weeks, and I still can't come up with the solution!

    All this "thining" is new, it's temporary, it's current, and it's urgent. In this conext, the present progressive works.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. [General] forms
    By saadood in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 13-Feb-2011, 14:45
  2. both forms
    By panicmonger in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 31-Dec-2010, 14:33
  3. Forms of To Be
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 17-Sep-2008, 16:10
  4. correct forms of word >_<
    By thanhthanh.esl in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 13-Dec-2007, 04:46
  5. Future Forms
    By Anniebee in forum Teaching English
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 17-Feb-2007, 19:01

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •