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    grmmar explanation to esl student

    How do I explain why this is sentence wrong to an esl student?
    'She is liking science fiction'

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    Re: grmmar explanation to esl student

    Certain verbs (stative verbs), in general, may not use the present continuous/progressive verb form. The verb "to like" is one of those verbs. So, those verbs default to the simple present form and your example should read, "She likes science fiction". Google "stative verbs" to get a complete list .

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    Re: grmmar explanation to esl student

    I have heard people say, 'I am loving it'. Is it wrong? After all, 'like' and 'love' are pretty close.

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    Smile Re: grmmar explanation to esl student

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    I have heard people say, 'I am loving it'. Is it wrong? After all, 'like' and 'love' are pretty close.

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    There is a fine line between I love it and I'm loving it.
    When you say "I'm loving it" it means you are enjoying it.

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    Re: grmmar explanation to esl student

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    Certain verbs (stative verbs), in general, may not use the present continuous/progressive verb form. The verb "to like" is one of those verbs. So, those verbs default to the simple present form and your example should read, "She likes science fiction". Google "stative verbs" to get a complete list .
    Can we use the continuous form in these sentences if the situation is temporary?

    A: How are you getting on with your new job?
    B: I'm not liking it at all.

    Thank you

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    Re: grmmar explanation to esl student

    Quote Originally Posted by Donno View Post
    Can we use the continuous form in these sentences if the situation is temporary?

    A: How are you getting on with your new job?
    B: I'm not liking it at all.

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    No, you would have to say: "I don't like it at all".

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    Re: grmmar explanation to esl student

    To Tedmc: "I'm loving it" is OK but only at McDonald's (one of their recent slogans). But seriously, "to love" is another of the stative verbs. Unfortunately, correct grammar suffers when popular usage rules.

    To Donno: Reference note above and in your example the correct form should be "I don't like it at all".

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    Re: grmmar explanation to esl student

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    No, you would have to say: "I don't like it at all".
    Thanks for the reply

    If I wrote it like this one, is it correct?

    Well, at the moment, I am not liking it at all.

    Thank you

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    Re: grmmar explanation to esl student

    Quote Originally Posted by Donno View Post
    Thanks for the reply

    If I wrote it like this one, is it correct?

    Well, at the moment, I am not liking it at all.

    Thank you
    No, it's not, as has been explained by another poster "like" is a stative verb, it cannot be used like that.

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    Re: grmmar explanation to esl student

    Quote Originally Posted by Sudburygirl View Post
    How do I explain why this is sentence wrong to an esl student?
    'She is liking science fiction'
    Other than simply explaining that "to like" can't really be used in the present continuous, and she'll just have to remember that?!

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