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    building my house.

    Teachers,

    When someone says that "I'm building my house.", does it mean "one is having a house built for him now" or does it mean "one is building his house by himself" ?

    And if want to say that you're having a new house built now for you by a construction firm, is it okay to say "I'm building a house now."?

    Please help me with this, thank you.
    Last edited by bouji; 10-Oct-2009 at 06:09.


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    Re: building my house.

    Quote Originally Posted by bouji View Post
    Teachers,

    When someone says that "I'm building my house.", does it mean "one is having a house built for him now" or does it mean "one is building his house by himself" ?

    And if want to say that you're having a new house built now for you by a construction firm, is it okay to say "I'm building a house now."?

    Please help me with this, thank you.
    Right. "I'm building a house" by no means indicates that I am performing the actual labor.

    "The evil dictator killed thousands of people" does not suggest that he personally killed anyone.

    In fact, this use has so completely co-opted the other meaning that if a person actually were building his own house, he would have to add something to convey that meaning.

    - I'm building my own house.
    - I'm building a house myself.

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