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    Red face Using the "Being Verb" twice in a sentence

    Why can you use the being verb twice in a past and present tense sentences and not in the future tense sentences?

    Past: I was being silly.
    Present: I am being silly.
    Future: I will be silly. not I will be being silly?

    Help...explain...please...thanks.

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    Default Re: Using the "Being Verb" twice in a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by vm1112 View Post
    Why can you use the being verb twice in a past and present tense sentences and not in the future tense sentences?

    Past: I was being silly.
    Present: I am being silly.
    Future: I will be silly. not I will be being silly?

    Help...explain...please...thanks.
    "I will be being silly" is a grammatically correct sentence, but one that we wouldn't use in AmE. We'd probably say "I will be acting silly."
    Regards

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    MrPedantic is offline Moderator
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    Default Re: Using the "Being Verb" twice in a sentence

    Hello VM

    It is possible to use that construction, e.g.

    1. If I say that, I will be being very silly.

    However, it's not very often used. I think this is because progressive constructions place us vividly in the middle of the action or state; which is more difficult in the context of an action or state that hasn't yet happened, than in a past or present action or state.

    That said, other members may have other views!

    All the best,

    MrP

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    Default Re: Using the "Being Verb" twice in a sentence

    I think we don't say it because the be being sound is awkward to say.

    Try saying it aloud, you'll see what I mean.

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