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    i got a bunch of questions here

    where are the clouds that are supposed to be covering the city ?
    You should be translating
    he is a fine little piece to be selling himself for cheap on the street
    I wont be supporting an appeal

    i know that after "to be ( is am are, etc )" we should use V-ing, but do they have different meaning if i change them become like these :

    where are the clouds that are supposed to cover the city
    you should translate
    i wont support an appeal

    im rather confused with the 3rd sentence ( he is a fine bla bla bla...) ^_^ can someone explain to me what does it mean ? i found it when i was reading a novel / i found it when i read a novel <--- which one is right ?
    THX so much

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    Boadicea is offline Junior Member
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    Re: i got a bunch of questions here

    The use of the verb to be + verb-ing indicates the continuous aspect of the verb, i.e. the action takes place during a period of time in the present / past / future.

    Then, there is a change in meaning in:

    *where are the clouds that are supposed to be covering the city ? = at this moment
    *where are the clouds that are supposed to cover the city? = usually, because it's the typical weather in this city.

    As regards this sentence: he is a fine little piece to be selling himself for cheap on the street, I believe that the person who is speaking or writing thinks that he is such a nice person that he shouldn't be selling himself (prostituing?) on the street, but I would need to read the sentence in context to be sure.
    Last edited by Boadicea; 20-Dec-2007 at 03:55.

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    Re: i got a bunch of questions here

    uhmm how bout if i change the sentence into "he is such a nice person that he shouldn't sell himself" does it still give the same meaning with "he is such a nice person that he shouldn't be selling himself" ?

    i still dont get it, why dont we use "he shouldn't sell himself" instead of "he shouldn't be selling himself" . . . .

    yeah boadicea i think it's about prostitute . . .

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    Boadicea is offline Junior Member
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    Re: i got a bunch of questions here

    I think that if you use the continuous form, you make emphasis in the fact that this is a temporary situation, not his real "job", but if you choose the simple form, you know that this is what he usually does for a living.

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