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    Hi

    My boyfriend fools around/is fooling around too much.

    Does it matter which tense I use?

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    Re: fool around

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    My boyfriend fools around/is fooling around too much.

    Does it matter which tense I use?
    My boyfriend fools around too much = This is a habit, he does it all the time.
    My boyfriend is fooling around too much = This is something he is doing right now, at the present time. It doesn't necessarily mean it's a habit.

    Out of curiosity, can I check that you know that "to fool around" can mean "to mess about/have fun/do silly things" but also "to cheat on your partner"?

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    I was thinking about "doing silly things".

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    But I think there's a construction: always + verb (ing)

    My boyfriend is always fooling around too much.

    He's always eating icecreams. etc.

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    Re: fool around

    The addition of "always" would make the use of present continuous acceptable. But I wouldn't consider "always eating ice cream" an example of fooling around. Wasting time instead of studying, working etc. would fit better with the term.

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    Re: fool around

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
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    Out of curiosity, can I check that you know that "to fool around" can mean "to mess about/have fun/do silly things" but also "to cheat on your partner"?
    Or not necessarily 'cheat'. I was confused when I first met this in a film, when Frank Sinatra said to his date 'We could always just stay home and fool around. It was then that I realized that'fooling around' in Am E means roughly the same as the Br E slap and tickle' !

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    Re: fool around

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    My boyfriend fools around/is fooling around too much.

    Does it matter which tense I use?
    Afterthought: you could avoid the sexual implication by saying he 'plays the fool'.

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