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    #1

    -ing

    Why are these following sentences using -ing form? 1. I'm supposed to be thanking you; 2. It's a crisis and the government should be doing everything it can; 3. I hope you won't be getting under our feet this time. I mean what if I use the infinitives? ps: what if my question started ''why do these...use -ing form?''? Thank you for your help.

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    Re: -ing

    The two forms that you suggest tend to overlap somewhat. The present progressive implies that the action is already occurring ("in progress"), while the infinitive carries more of a sense of future or general action.

    The clearest example is probably #2. If I say, "It's a crisis and the government should be doing everything it can", I'm implying that the government should already be acting. On the other hand, if I say, "It's a crisis and the government should do everything it can", I suggesting what the government should do (at some unspecified time).

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