Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1
    guzhao67 is offline Junior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • French
      • Home Country:
      • France
      • Current Location:
      • China
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    57
    Post Thanks / Like

    Question the house falls down! vs the house is falling down

    Hello: I don't understand the exact meaning of "the house falls down!" In my opinion, it's more natural to say "the house is falling down". Why is the exclamation mark necessary at the end of the sentence in simple present tense? could you imagine a context in which we must or could use "the house falls down!" (I found the example in a grammar book, but the book simply says the simple present usage implies a dramatic effect, I don't see why?)

  2. #2
    Raymott's Avatar
    Raymott is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Academic
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Australia
      • Current Location:
      • Australia
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Posts
    19,948
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: the house falls down! vs the house is falling down

    Quote Originally Posted by guzhao67 View Post
    Hello: I don't understand the exact meaning of "the house falls down!" In my opinion, it's more natural to say "the house is falling down". Why is the exclamation mark necessary at the end of the sentence in simple present tense? could you imagine a context in which we must or could use "the house falls down!" (I found the example in a grammar book, but the book simply says the simple present usage implies a dramatic effect, I don't see why?)
    You are right. If the house was falling down, and you were watching it happen, you could say (independently of any other context) "The house is falling down!"
    If you exclaimed "The house falls down!" you would immediately give away your non-native origins.
    I can't think of a condition under which you'd say this without any qualification. Here is possible contrivance. "Each family of the native tribe of the area builds a simple mud hut. This lasts until the floods come, and then the house falls down."

  3. #3
    guzhao67 is offline Junior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • French
      • Home Country:
      • France
      • Current Location:
      • China
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Posts
    57
    Post Thanks / Like

    Smile Re: the house falls down! vs the house is falling down

    dear Raymott: thank you very much.

Similar Threads

  1. Falling Through or Not Falling Through
    By edmondng in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 18-Apr-2008, 05:24
  2. Jeff recently decided to look into buying a new house
    By angliholic in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 02-Jan-2008, 17:13
  3. Shakespeare
    By Lenka in forum Literature
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 20-Jul-2007, 22:18
  4. relative pro...
    By nautes20 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 30-Nov-2004, 14:49

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •