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  1. tensers
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    Arrow present progressive - beginning ...

    The town is beginning to improve.

    "Improvement is a progress"
    Shouldn't we say?
    The town is improving. (or) The town begin to be improving.

    'begin' is a punctual verb, how come it can be in the present progressive in the sentence above. thanks.

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    Re: present progressive - beginning ...

    Quote Originally Posted by tensers View Post
    The town is beginning to improve.

    "Improvement is a in progress"
    Shouldn't we say?
    The town is improving.
    You could say that. The first sentence indicates that it's only beginning to improve. Your sentence could mean that it's almost finished improving.

    (or) The town begins to be improving.
    No. The first sentence is the correct way to say this.

    'begin' is a punctual verb, how come it can be in the present progressive in the sentence above. thanks.
    You've probably been taught that "begin" is a verb that can't be used in the progressive tenses. You will find that there are many exceptions to that list of verbs. In fact, I can't think of any verbs at all that can't be used in a progressive tense in the right context.
    R.

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