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    Different questions

    Hi guys, really I am suffering when I focus on grammar. So, I need your help .

    The story has begun when I received a message from my IPhone
    " The device may be not working properly"
    My first question: is it present continues ( Be+verb ING) and if so, why the verb changes to adjective likes the previous example or noun e.g. I am sitting ?.

    The second question: properly is an adverb so how does the adverb become after noun or adjectives ?

    I really really appreciate your help

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    Re: Different questions

    Quote Originally Posted by ibra121 View Post
    Hi guys, really I am suffering when I focus on grammar. So, I need your help .

    The story has begun (began)(begins) when I received a message from my IPhone

    " The device may be not working properly"

    My first question: is it present continuous ( Be+verb ING) yes
    and if so, why the verb changes to adjective likes the previous example or noun It's not an adjective; it's a continuous tense verb.

    e.g. I am sitting ?. "sitting" is a continuous tense verb.

    The second question: properly is an adverb so how does the adverb become after noun or adjectives ? Again, "working" is a verb.


    I really really appreciate your help

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    Cool Re: Different questions

    Quote Originally Posted by ibra121 View Post
    "The device may be not working properly"
    "The device may not be working properly"

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    Re: Different questions

    Quote Originally Posted by ibra121 View Post
    " The device may not be working properly".
    My first question: is it present continuous ( Be+verb ING)
    We would not normally refer to this as a 'present continuous' form.

    The present continuous is formed from the present tense of the verb BE and the -ing-form of the verb: My device is not working properly.

    In your sentence we have the continuous form of a modal construction; the BE + ing is infinitive.

    As engee30 suggests, the word order is normally, (1) "The device may not be working properly".

    However, you may well hear, (2) "The device may be not working properly".

    in #2 the apeaker is perhaps thinking of 'not working properly' as being roughly synonymous with 'out of order', 'flawed', etc.

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    Re: Different questions

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    Originally Posted by ibra121
    Hi guys, really I am suffering when I focus on grammar. So, I need your help .

    The story has begun (began)(begins) when I received a message from my IPhone

    " The device may be not working properly"

    My first question: is it present continuous ( Be+verb ING) yes
    and if so, why the verb changes to adjective likes the previous example or noun It's not an adjective; it's a continuous tense verb.

    e.g. I am sitting ?. "sitting" is a continuous tense verb.

    The second question: properly is an adverb so how does the adverb become after noun or adjectives ? Again, "working" is a verb.


    I really really appreciate your help

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    Thank you for your reply.
    but if you check the dictionary it will show you it is a noun. Also, for sitting. That the reason why i'm confused !

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    Re: Different questions

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    We would not normally refer to this as a 'present continuous' form.

    The present continuous is formed from the present tense of the verb BE and the -ing-form of the verb: My device is not working properly.

    In your sentence we have the continuous form of a modal construction; the BE + ing is infinitive.

    As engee30 suggests, the word order is normally, (1) "The device may not be working properly".

    However, you may well hear, (2) "The device may be not working properly".

    in #2 the apeaker is perhaps thinking of 'not working properly' as being roughly synonymous with 'out of order', 'flawed', etc.
    Thank you for your reply. but why the dictionary shows me working as a noun?

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    Re: Different questions

    Quote Originally Posted by ibra121 View Post
    Thank you for your reply. but why does the dictionary shows me 'working' as a noun?
    Like many words in English, the word 'working' can operate as more than one part of speech. It is not a noun in your sentence.

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    I don't now how i can thank you guys for your help. I am working to fix bugs in my grammar.

    Have good one

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    Re: Different questions

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    We would not normally refer to this as a 'present continuous' form. But why not? It does refer to the present and it is the continuous tense form.

    To me, "The device may not be working properly". is a variant of "My device is not working properly."
    I don't think the presence of "may" is significant.

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    Re: Different questions

    guys

    I wrote
    "The story has begun (began)(begins) when I received a message from my IPhone"

    and 2006 corrected my sentence. If I change when to since I guess the present perfect will work properly?

    ^^^^
    Here i tried to write tag question but I could not. so help me please in that


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