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    Re: I love vs I'm loving

    It seems to me that a lot of English learners are first told that these stative verbs cannot be used in the present progressive. Some of them are then never taught the exceptions.

    For me, the progressive use of the stative verbs indicates the temporary or transient nature of what's being described.

    You are being a jerk. You're not normally a jerk, but right now that's what you are.

    I'm loving it here. I'm only here for a visit, but it's fabulous. Once I'm home, I can say that I loved it there.

    A: Okay, what are you seeing now?
    B: I'm seeing a fuzzy white blob with some blue around it.
    A: Okay, turn the knob on the right counterclockwise.
    B: Okay -- it's getting more fuzzy.
    A: I mean, turn it clockwise.
    B: Oh! Okay! Now I see... oh, I see a very pale guy in a blue ball cap. It's clear now.

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    #12

    Re: I love vs I'm loving

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    Do you think it could mean 'a greater intensity of feeling' I mentioned in the post above?
    I like this person's interpretation (from Pain-in-the-English-dot-com:
    LowB | Feb-2-06 3:44AM
    As is usualy the case, grammar might just not keep up with the actual language spoken by people today. On the other hand: one of the basic usages for present continuous is 'an ongoing action around now'. If I'm eating at that food company at a certain time, I'm loving it at that time. That feeling goes away after a while though, that's for sure.
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    I'm lovin' it is English, even I say it. It just hasn't made its way into the idiom list yet. Wait for it.

    I'm lovin' it = I greaty/tremendously enjoy it.

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    #13

    Re: I love vs I'm loving

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    Do you think it could mean 'a greater intensity of feeling' I mentioned in the post above?
    Maybe so; I admit that some of my post was not entirely objective (), and in my 'rush to print' I didn't take in your note.

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    #14

    Re: I love vs I'm loving

    Actually there is no contradiction between these two concepts - 'greater intensity of feeling' and 'temporary character'. On the one hand what's happening now seems to be more important and overwhelming, on the other - a strong feeling cannot last long.
    I'd also like to say that Continuous usually describes a situation as a process. Compared to Indefinite, it's like a movie vs. a photo. That's why when i'm choosing between continuous and indefinite I ask myself: are we watching a film or looking at a photo?


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    #15

    Re: I love vs I'm loving

    Thanks a lot all of you. You've cleared up many things.
    Thanks all for your contribuation!


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    #16

    Re: I love vs I'm loving

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    I'd also like to say that Continuous usually describes a situation as a process. Compared to Indefinite, it's like a movie vs. a photo. That's why when i'm choosing between continuous and indefinite I ask myself: are we watching a film or looking at a photo?
    Hi Clark.
    Could you please clarify this a bit more by giving some examples??!
    Thanks a lot in advance.


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    #17

    Re: I love vs I'm loving

    Quote Originally Posted by sara88 View Post
    Hi Clark.
    Could you please clarify this a bit more by giving some examples??!
    Thanks a lot in advance.
    sara88, the idea of 'movie and photo' was just a simili. It's more about a gut feeling than a concept. Since I'm not a native English speaker, I know I can't trust my intuition 100%. But you can't have a rule for everything. Sometimes you have no other way but to rely on how you feel it should be said. Then I address my imagination.

    E.g. We went out into the garden. It was getting dark. The quiet of evening was very relaxing. We (walked / were walking) in silence, each of us deep in thought.

    I think this sentence accepts either form. To motivate the use of 'were walking' I would go on like 'Suddenly I stumbled over something on the ground'. To use 'walked' I would further say 'Half an hour later we were near the port.'


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    #18

    Re: I love vs I'm loving

    Thanks alot Clark. That really makes sense to me.

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    #19

    Re: I love vs I'm loving

    It's fantastic the way they use the words to create a catchy phrase.

    "I love it" sounds very ordinary. "I'm loving it" sounds very passionate yes!

    By the way when they released these ads by here it was written in portuguese
    "Amo muito tudo isso". A direct translation of it could be "I love it all". Actually I always thought it would be the english version of the motto.


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    #20

    Re: I love vs I'm loving

    Quote Originally Posted by anreak View Post
    It's fantastic the way they use the words to create a catchy phrase.

    "I love it" sounds very ordinary. "I'm loving it" sounds very passionate yes!

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    You are right Anreak. But keep in mind that it may not last as it was said before by some members. That is to mean in general it's better and safe to say I love it.
    Don't you think so?!!

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