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    Default Passive Progressive

    A question about passive progress:

    "The suspect is held at the detention center."
    "The suspect is being held at the detention center."

    Does "being" add extra meaning? How is "is held" and "is being held" different?

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    Default Re: Passive Progressive

    :) "Is being" gives you the idea that the situation is not permanent, or is in progress now. In some examples you would need to know that. For example:

    Chicago is covered in snow. < It is simply covered today.
    Chicago is being covered in snow. < This is happening as we speak.

    That dog is abused. < That's the way the dog is treated.
    That dog is being abused. < Depending on context, this could mean "right now", or as an exception to the normal treatment.
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