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    acting up

    I wonder if there is any difference between "1" and "2".
    1. The kids are acting up again.
    2. The kids have been acting again.

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    Re: acting up

    Quote Originally Posted by wowenglish1 View Post
    I wonder if there is any difference between "1" and "2".
    1. The kids are acting up again.
    2. The kids have been acting up again.
    Sentence 1 - it is happening right now.
    Sentence 2 - it has been happening in the past, probably recently, but it's not clear whether it is still happening.

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    Re: acting up

    Quote Originally Posted by wowenglish1 View Post
    I wonder if there is any difference between "1" and "2".
    1. The kids are acting up again.
    2. The kids have been acting again.
    If your examples are to refer to the children misbehaving, in AmE, #2 would not be used for that purpose.

    (Sorry, I didn't see emsr2d2's post. And didn't realize that you probably unintentionally omitted "up" in your second example.)
    Last edited by billmcd; 21-Sep-2010 at 01:31. Reason: Post script.

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