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    #1

    He is loving Clara very much?

    My grammar book says the below is wrong.

    ex)He is loving Clara very much.

    But what about the Scorpion's popsong "still loving you"? I've rarely heard
    of "loving you..", but I don't think it's impossible.

    My grammar book also says even for perceptional verbs, you can use ~ing when it's referring to temporary progressive state like below.

    ex2)I'm loving my English class more and more these days.
    ex3)The baby is resembling his father more and more everyday.
    ex4)I've been wanting a new bicycle for some time.

    but is it true?
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    #2

    Re: He is loving Clara very much?

    I agree that "He is loving Clara very much" is wrong.

    But the restaurant chain McDonald's has in recent years been using the sentence "I'm loving it" as its main advertising slogan, and there is no doubt that verbs of emotion can have present progressive forms. In the 1950's Elvis Presley had a hit song entitled "Loving You".

    "How is your new job?" "I'm not enjoying it much" is absolutely standard.
    I see nothing wrong with your examples 2, 3 and 4.

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    Re: He is loving Clara very much?

    "Still loving you" is perfectly correct in the following sentence:

    Still loving you, I cannot be happy with your marrying another woman.

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    #4

    Re: He is loving Clara very much?

    I agree that this example is not standard English:
    ex)He is loving Clara very much.
    In the normal sense, the present simple is used with love (i.e. He loves her very much.), although I'm sure there are a few exceptions out there in the world.

    But what about the Scorpion's popsong "still loving you"? I've rarely heard of "loving you..", but I don't think it's impossible.
    I looked at the lyrics of this song, and to be honest, I don't think it sounds correct in the song, either. Sorry!

    My grammar book also says even for perceptional verbs, you can't use ~ing when it's referring to temporary progressive state like below.

    ex2)I'm loving my English class more and more these days.
    ex3)The baby is resembling his father more and more everyday.
    ex4)I've been wanting a new bicycle for some time.

    but is it true?
    NO - this is where I completely disagree with your grammar book! All of the sentences listed above sound perfectly correct to me, particularly if used in spoken English. In fact, when written as many grammar books suggest, they sound very formal:

    ex2) I love my English class more and more these days.
    ex3) The baby resembles his father more and more every day*.
    ex4) I've wanted a new bicycle for some time.
    *This should be written as two words.

    I think this is one of those times when the grammar books are prescribing what they think we are supposed to say, rather than describing the way people are really talking these days! (In other words, you are right to question your grammar book! )

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    #5

    Re: He is loving Clara very much?

    Nice!
    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    Still loving you, I cannot be happy with your marrying another woman.

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    Re: He is loving Clara very much?

    Quote Originally Posted by mayita1usa View Post
    Nice!
    It's certainly a nice way of putting it! One could expect a more emotional sentence in such circumstances...

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    Re: He is loving Clara very much?

    Quote Originally Posted by birdeen's call View Post
    It's certainly a nice way of putting it! One could expect a more emotional sentence in such circumstances...
    LOL!!!

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    #8

    Re: He is loving Clara very much?

    Quote Originally Posted by mayita1usa View Post
    (In other words, you are right to question your grammar book! )
    He's also right to change his original post to what the book actually said.

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