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    I have four questions

    1. Do these two sentences "You are never to play vilolin music in my presence again." and "You are never playing vilolin music in my presence again." have same meaning?

    2. Does the word "playing" in the sentence above is participle or gerund?

    3. Does the sentence "You are never playing vilolin music in my presence again." is present continuous tence?

    4. Do two sentences above mean "you must not listen to violin music again when you are with me."

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    Re: four questions...

    • 1. Do these two sentences "You are never to play vilolin music in my presence again." and "You are never playing vilolin music in my presence again." have same meaning?

      2. Does the word "playing" in the sentence above is participle or gerund?

      3. Does the sentence "You are never playing vilolin music in my presence again." is present continuous tence?

      4. Do two sentences above mean "you must not listen to violin music again when you are with me."


    1- Not exactly. The second would be used when the person is playing it. Imagine you're playing the violin for me and I think you're terrible and want you to know that you will never get anothe r opportunity to inflict your music on me. The first would be a simple order and doesn't suggest the violin problem is right now.

    2 I'd say it is a present participle.

    3 Yes

    4 I think you'd be better off playing piano music in future.

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    Re: four questions...

    Quote Originally Posted by jeab
    I have four questions

    1. Do these two sentences "You are never to play vilolin music in my presence again." and "You are never playing vilolin music in my presence again." have same meaning?

    2. Does the word "playing" in the sentence above is participle or gerund?

    3. Does the sentence "You are never playing vilolin music in my presence again." is present continuous tence?

    4. Do two sentences above mean "you must not listen to violin music again when you are with me."
    3. It is the present continuous but it is an unusual use of that form. Normally, the present continuous is used to describe an action that is ongoing. This use is a bit idiomatic because it refers to a situation that will not happen in the future. The form with the "infinitive" is better, in my opinion.

    4. The sentences don't say anything about listening to violin music. They refer specifically to one person not playing the violin.

    :wink:

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    It could also be putting on a CD of violin music,imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    It could also be putting on a CD of violin music,imo.
    You are correct. I thought the original said "play the violin". My bad!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
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