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    Distinguishing between?

    Hello.

    Can someone please tell me which of the two sentences is preferrable:

    A) "i have trouble distinguishing ONE FROM THE OTHER"

    B) "i have trouble distinguishing BETWEEN ONE OR THE OTHER"

    I would also like to know if the often-used sentence: "I'm LIKING / LOVING this" is an acceptable alternative to: "I LIKE / LOVE this"

    Many thanks!

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    Re: Distinguishing between?

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Togher View Post
    Hello.

    Can someone please tell me which of the two sentences is preferrable:

    A) "i have trouble distinguishing ONE FROM THE OTHER"

    B) "i have trouble distinguishing BETWEEN ONE OR THE OTHER"

    I would also like to know if the often-used sentence: "I'm LIKING / LOVING this" is an acceptable alternative to: "I LIKE / LOVE this"

    Many thanks!
    Hello Richard,

    I am not quiet sure about your first question. I think the first one is correct.

    To your second question:
    "like" and "love" are "non-continuous Verbs". These verbs are ususally things you cannot see somebody doing. These verbs are rarely used in "continuous" tenses.

    Non-continuous Verbs indclude:

    Abstract Verbs
    Example: to be, to want, to cost, to seem, to need, to care etc.

    Possession Verbs
    Example: to possess, to own, to belong

    Emotion Verbs
    Example: to like, to love, to hate, to dislike, to fear, to envy, to mind etc.

    Examples:
    He is here now = correct
    He is being here now = not correct

    He likes me = correct
    He is liking me = not correct


    Best wishes,
    Dany

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    Re: Distinguishing between?

    Hi,
    I prefer #1 too, but I think #2 is possible, although I would probably say "between one and the other".
    Dany has given you good advice re: "the continuous verbs", especially to explain your examples, but I just want to add that there are exceptions and contexts wehere you might hear/read some of those verbs in the continuous (or progressive) form.
    Some examples:
    He is being silly (meaning: he is acting silly at this moment)
    He is wanting/is needing to drop out of his classes (I'm not sure why we say this sometimes; perhaps it emphasizes the emotion)
    They are fearing for their lives (with the prepositon "for" and meaning a specific fear at a particular moment, rather than "I fear the dark" (always)
    We are caring for their children ( same as above)

    There are many more exceptions...context is sooooooooo important!
    Plus, where I live, I often hear people say: "oh, she's liking that"; I think meaning "she's enjoying that"

    Good luck

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