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    18are painting

    "Have you moved into the new house? -- Not yet, the rooms are being painted."Can we answer----Not yet the rooms are painting.Thank you!

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    Re: 18are painting

    Quote Originally Posted by notletrest View Post
    "Have you moved into the new house? -- Not yet, the rooms are being painted."Can we answer----Not yet the rooms are painting.Thank you!
    No! The rooms are being painted by people; the rooms are not painting themselves.

    "Not yet, the rooms are being painted" is the correct response.

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    Re: 18are painting

    Quote Originally Posted by notletrest View Post
    "Have you moved into the new house? -- Not yet, the rooms are being painted."Can we answer----Not yet the rooms are painting.Thank you!
    ********** NOT A TEACHER **********

    Hello, Notletrest.

    (1) I wanted to answer you because I think that I have the correct

    answer: NO, you may not say, "The rooms are painting,"

    BUT !!!!!

    That WAS good English many years ago.

    *****

    Dr. George O. Curme in his scholarly A GRAMMAR OF THE ENGLISH

    LANGUAGE explains:

    (a) Between the years 1700 -1825, this kind of sentence was often

    used.

    (b) Today we MUST say, "The house is being built."

    (c) In earlier days, these forms were "good" English:

    The house is in building

    The house is a-building

    The house is building

    (d) Dr. Curme says that starting in 1825, the form with

    being + past participle won the competition.

    Thank you!

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    Re: 18are painting

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    ********** NOT A TEACHER **********

    Hello, Notletrest.
    (1) I wanted to answer you because I think that I have the correct
    answer: NO, you may not say, "The rooms are painting,"
    BUT !!!!!
    That WAS good English many years ago.
    *****
    Dr. George O. Curme in his scholarly A GRAMMAR OF THE ENGLISH
    LANGUAGE explains:
    (a) Between the years 1700 -1825, this kind of sentence was often
    used.
    (b) Today we MUST say, "The house is being built."
    (c) In earlier days, these forms were "good" English:
    The house is in building
    The house is a-building
    The house is building
    (d) Dr. Curme says that starting in 1825, the form with
    being + past participle won the competition.
    Thank you!
    I agree wit you. Thanks !

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