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    progressive + verbs of position

    Dear teachers,

    It is true that when we use a verb of position such as "stay / remain" with the present progressive it does not expresses a definite arrangement but rather an intention / plan WITHOUT a definite arrangement ? Example:

    He is staying in London for a couple of days = He is going to stay in London...
    i.e. he plans to do so but has not arranged it yet?

    Thanks for the help,
    Hela

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    Re: progressive + verbs of position

    In English we usually express the subjunctive mood by using one of the modal auxillary verbs can, may, will and shall in their past tenses could, might, would and should.

    He should be staying... Most likely
    He could be staying...less likely but very possible
    He might be staying...even less likely but still possibel
    He would be staying...this is really conditional "He would be if..."

    Without one of these auxillary verbs the sentence will be interpreted as a definite arrangement.

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    Re: progressive + verbs of position

    Thank you for the explanation.

    All the best,
    Hela

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