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    sitifan is offline Senior Member
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    Default busy (with/in) doing

    1. The teachers are busy correcting papers.
    2. The teachers are busy in correcting papers.
    3. The teachers are busy with correcting papers.
    #1 is correct. Are #2 and #3 also acceptable?

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    Default Re: busy (with/in) doing

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    1. The teachers are busy correcting papers.
    2. The teachers are busy in correcting papers.
    3. The teachers are busy with correcting papers.
    #1 is correct. Are #2 and #3 also acceptable?
    #2 and #3 are not acceptable to me.
    #3 is less bad than #2 because of the preposition used, but you don't need a preposition immediately before an ...ing verb form.
    #1 is all you need.

    'The teachers are busy with their paper correcting.', where "correcting" is a noun, would be correct. But it is simpler and more natural to say #1.

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