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  1. keannu's Avatar
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    I am thinking they are coming?

    Is the below impossible?

    ex)I am thinking they are coming.

    My grammar book says the verbs like "know, remember, doubt, think" for recognition and thinking are impossible to convert to ~ing form, but I've heard tons of
    "I'm thinking about something, I'm thinking of something"

    Maybe when you use "think" to refer to a feeling,you can't use ~ing, so
    "I am thinking they are coming" => "I am feeling they are coming."

    but, when you refer to a thinking process, you can use ~ing like
    "I am thinking about the excursion plan."

    I need your opinions, please!

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    Re: I am thinking they are coming?

    Is the below impossible? No!

    ex)I am thinking they are coming.

    My grammar book says the verbs like "know, remember, doubt, think" for recognition and thinking are impossible to convert to ~ing form, but I've heard tons of "I'm thinking about something, I'm thinking of something". You're right - these two are common and correct sentences.
    Maybe when you use "think" to refer to a feeling,you can't use ~ing, so "I am thinking they are coming" => "I am feeling they are coming."
    As I commented in another of your posts, I disagree with your grammar book on this point, particularly in spoken English.

    A sentence such as "I'm thinking (that) they're coming" could - and often is - used to express the idea that right now this is what I'm thinking, but I might change my mind in the future if I receive new information. You could substitute doubting for thinking under the same circumstances.

    Similarly, "I'm remembering it now" implies that the memory is in the process of coming back to me.

    [I should point out, however, that I can't think of when we would use knowing in the continuous form, except "in the Biblical sense" (which means "having sexual intercourse with")!]

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