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    Default Progressive infinitive VS simple infinitive

    Hello everyone!

    "Are you going to use/be using that computer for much longer?"
    "No, I won't be long"

    I'd like to ask the following question. Are both variants (typed in bold) possible? If so, what's the difference?

    Can someone give me a clue when to use progressive infinitive? Because being a non-native speaker, I never use this grammatical form in my speech and use always a simple form, but I would really like to make my speech sound more natural.

    Thank you in advance!

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    Default Re: Progressive infinitive VS simple infinitive

    Quote Originally Posted by MooMoo View Post
    Hello everyone!

    "Are you going to use/be using that computer for much longer?"
    "No, I won't be long"

    I'd like to ask the following question. Are both variants (typed in bold) possible? If so, what's the difference?

    Can someone give me a clue when to use progressive infinitive? Because being a non-native speaker, I never use this grammatical form in my speech and use always a simple form, but I would really like to make my speech sound more natural.

    Thank you in advance!
    Hi, MooMoo!(cute name)

    Well, I think they basically mean the same. They both express the same idea, that is 'to use.'
    However...the difference between 'progressive' and 'simple', in my opinion, is like...that between 'a movie' and 'a photo.'

    So...
    'progressive' - watch the movie or video (of somebody typing at the keyboard)
    'simple' - look at the photo (of somebody typing at the keyboard)

    I hope you can see what I mean.


    I'm not a native speaker of English, so please forgive me if I'm wrong.
    I'd strongly recommend you wait for native speakers to respond to your query.
    Last edited by tzfujimino; 06-Jul-2008 at 18:02.

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