Results 1 to 5 of 5

Thread: happy to

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • Armenian
      • Home Country:
      • Iran
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 1,997
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    happy to

    Consider:
    1-I am happy to visit Paris.
    2-I am happy to be visiting Paris.

    In which case:
    a-I am in Paris
    b-I am going to go to Paris
    c-both are possible

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

    • Join Date: Feb 2003
    • Posts: 16,570
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2
    The speaker of the second sentence is definitely in Paris (a). The speaker of the first sentence might be in Paris, but he also might not be (c). (The second sentence is, I think, more natural.)

    :)

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 44,225
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3
    2 sounds as if the person is there, and would be the form if that is the case, but it could also be used to indicate a future arrangement, if the tickets have been bought.

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

    • Join Date: Feb 2003
    • Posts: 16,570
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #4
    If you had bought the tickets and were headed there wouldn't you say I am happy to be going to Paris?

    :)

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Japan

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 44,225
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #5
    To use the present continuous, you' have to add a time phrase:
    I'm happy to be visiting Paris next month.

Similar Threads

  1. happy to
    By Anonymous in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 21-Apr-2004, 21:02
  2. not happy ?
    By whl626 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 24-Oct-2003, 12:26
  3. happy once more
    By Anonymous in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 02-Sep-2003, 17:14
  4. happy
    By Anonymous in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 01-Sep-2003, 23:12

Posting Permissions

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