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    #1

    Present Continous or Progressive.

    Hello,

    I have an easy question. Some people say me that we must use the present continous tense with action verbs, but with the 'think'.

    Can I say for example : I am thinking about my holidays.

    I believe 'think' is not an action verb but the sentence seems to me nice.

    Thank to give me your answer about this little grammar point.

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: Present Continous or Progressive.

    Quote Originally Posted by The French View Post
    Hello,

    I have an easy question. Some people say me that we must use the present continous tense with action verbs, but with the 'think'.

    Can I say for example : I am thinking about my holidays.

    I believe 'think' is not an action verb but the sentence seems to me nice.

    Thank to give me your answer about this little grammar point.

    Thanks.
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    The French,


    (1) As you know, every language has exceptions to the rule.

    Nowdays, most native speakers have no trouble using the

    progressive with some stative ("non-action") verbs:

    I am loving/liking/hating this more and more every day.

    (2) Your question reminded me of Mr. Jack Benny, who was a

    famous comedian here in the United States. On his television show

    one day, there was a scene in which a bad man holds a gun and says

    to Mr. Benny: "Your money or your life!" (= Give me your money or

    I will take your life.)

    Mr. Benny (who always played on the radio and television a

    person who did not like to spend money) did not answer.

    The bad man became impatient and demanded an answer.

    Mr. Benny looked at him and calmly replied:

    I'm thinking!!! I'm thinking!!!


    THANK YOU & HAVE A NICE DAY

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    #3

    Re: Present Continous or Progressive.

    Hi,

    It's vey clear.

    Thanks.

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    #4

    Re: Present Continous or Progressive.

    ***Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.***

    Remember to say, "Some people say to me..." or, "Some people tell me...".

    Personally, I have no problem with the word "thinking".

    Cheers!

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