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    If being is "now" "busy with at this moment" can you explain why it is incorrect to say,
    "it is being a nice day"
    "it is being a heavy parcel to carry" etc.
    I know it's incorrect but can't explain why.. CAn you, oh wise ones?

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    We can use "being" to describe an action. In your sentences "being" is used to describe current states. The verb "to be" is a stative verb. Typically "be" as a stative verb is not used in the progressive form. It can be used to describe something that is currently ongoing.

    Once again, your sentences are describing states, not an ongoing action. An ongoing action would be typically something a living being would do. It wouldn't be something abstract or inanimate objects do such as the weather or a box.

    being - can be used to describe an action, but not a state of being.


    ongoing action - She is not being very patient today.

    Here "being" is used to describe something that is ongoing. It is an action.


    http://www.learnenglish.org.uk/gramm...hive/be01.html

    This link should be of some help also.

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    That looks like a good link, TT!
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    Thanks,

    I've decided to use CS at both places, though.

    Per favore - Please 8)

    Ciao 8) :)

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    Re: being continued

    Quote Originally Posted by valtango
    If being is "now" "busy with at this moment" can you explain why it is incorrect to say,
    "it is being a nice day"
    "it is being a heavy parcel to carry" etc.
    I know it's incorrect but can't explain why.. CAn you, oh wise ones?
    These examples are wrong because a parcel's weight is constant; it isn't going to be heavier in a minute. The weather does change, so it is harder to explain away he first sentence, but, even in England, it doesn't change fast enough to justify the use of the present progressive form. :D

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    We can also say that if a box is "being" anything, it would be mostly likely that people are doing something to the box.

    "The box is being loaded on to the truck now."

    The following is an example from the link/site I left.

    "The shop is closed because it is being renovated."

    Another example:

    "Your dog is being very annoying today. Will it ever stop barking?"

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