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    Default Stop, stopping, stopped

    I read a news report online and got this sentence:

    She was stopped at a red light when a black guy suddenly appeared from nowhere and started to clean her windshield.


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    My question is:why 'be stopped' is used? Can we use 'She was stopping at a red light when ................'?

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    Default Re: Stop, stopping, stopped

    Hope this explanation is relevant

    [b] A similar pseudo-passive is used with verbs of posture:
    Grandfather was sat in the rocking chair.
    I've been stood here for about ten minutes.

    In this case,the construction is largely synonymous with,though less common than,the progressive construction: was sitting, have been standing, etc.

    Source: A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language by Quirk et al. P.170

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    Default Re: Stop, stopping, stopped

    Quote Originally Posted by jiaruchan View Post
    I read a news report online and got this sentence:

    She was stopped at a red light when a black guy suddenly appeared from nowhere and started to clean her windshield.


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    My question is:why 'be stopped' is used? Can we use 'She was stopping at a red light when ................'?

    'She was stopping.....' means that she was in the process of stopping, she hadn't stopped yet.
    'She was stopped....' should be 'she had stopped'.

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    Default Re: Stop, stopping, stopped

    Thanks for the above two replies.

    Can I say like this:

    My car was standing at a red light when a black guy came from nowhere and started to clean the windshield.

    I remember seeing street signs in America like NO STOPPING/STANDING/PARKING. I know what parking means, but I don't know the difference between STOPPING and STANDING.

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    Default Re: Stop, stopping, stopped

    Quote Originally Posted by jiaruchan View Post
    Thanks for the above two replies.

    Can I say like this:

    My car was standing at a red light when a black guy came from nowhere and started to clean the windshield.

    I remember seeing street signs in America like NO STOPPING/STANDING/PARKING. I know what parking means, but I don't know the difference between STOPPING and STANDING.
    Yes, you can say 'My car was standing/stationary at a red light.....'

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