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    grammer check

    mam /sir please tell me the difference in the usage of which and that.
    2) i am always confused about the usage of 'being'. Is it right to say
    "Am i being rude"." For being an officer you must study hard"

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    Re: grammer check

    Quote Originally Posted by Ankkuurr View Post
    mam /sir please tell me the difference in the usage of which and that.
    2) I am always confused about the usage of 'being'. Is it right to say
    "Am I being rude"." For being an officer you must study hard"?
    "Am I being rude?" is correct. "For being an officer" is not correct. "To be/become an officer..." would be correct.

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    Re: grammer check

    I'm being = 'I'm behaving/I'm acting'. Compare:
    * I can't understand why he's being so selfish. He isn't usually like that. (being selfish = behaving selfishly at the moment)
    but * He never thinks about other people. He is very selfish. (not 'he is being') (= he is selfish generally, not only at the moment)
    We use am/is/are being to say how somebody is behaving. It is not usually possible in other sentences:
    * It's hot today. (not 'it is being hot')
    * Sarah is very tired. (not 'is being tired')

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    Re: grammer check

    Quote Originally Posted by ffjjing View Post
    I'm being = 'I'm behaving/I'm acting'. Compare:
    * I can't understand why he's being so selfish. He isn't usually like that. (being selfish = behaving selfishly at the moment)
    but * He never thinks about other people. He is very selfish. (not 'he is being') (= he is selfish generally, not only at the moment)
    We use am/is/are being to say how somebody is behaving. It is not usually possible in other sentences:
    * It's hot today. (not 'it is being hot')
    * Sarah is very tired. (not 'is being tired')
    Please do not copy things from a copyright text without crediting it. This is from Murphy's Grammar in Use, isn't it?

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