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    Why is "I am thinking she likes you," grammatically wrong?

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    Re: verb tense

    Quote Originally Posted by Anonymous
    Why is "I am thinking she likes you," grammatically wrong?
    There's nothing wrong with using the verb 'think' in the progressive/continuous:

    I'm thinking. (an act)

    However, in cases where the verb 'think' is used as a synonym for 'believe', a state of mind, that's when we run into trouble.

    I think she likes you = I believe she likes you. (a state)

    All the best,

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    Anna: I am thinking.
    Bob: What are you thinking?
    Anna: I am thinking she likes you.

    :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    Anna: I am thinking.
    Bob: What are you thinking about?
    Anna: I am thinking she likes you.

    :wink:
    It's still ungrammatical. :(

    Anna: I'm thinking about what you said. I think she likes you.

    :D

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    It may be ungrammatical, but I believe it is natural speech. (I'm beginning to sound like Milkerman. )

    :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    It may be ungrammatical, but I believe it is natural speech. (I'm beginning to sound like Milkerman. )

    :)
    'think' is stative, 'thinking' is dynamic. By 'natural', do you mean making stative verbs into dynamic has been done before (e.g. *I am liking you, Ronbee. *You are being liked by me)?

    :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    It may be ungrammatical, but I believe it is natural speech. (I'm beginning to sound like Milkerman. )

    :)
    'think' is stative, 'thinking' is dynamic. By 'natural', do you mean making stative verbs into dynamic has been done before (e.g. *I am liking you, Ronbee. *You are being liked by me)?

    :D
    Something like that. :)

    Here's an example:
    • I'm lovin' it.


    :wink:

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