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    Is this sentence correct

    1. The telephone number mentioned in the list is wrong.
    2. The telephone number mentioned in the list is being wrong.

    3. The telephone number in the list is wrong.
    4. The telephone number in the list is being wrong.

    Which one is correct / wrong and why ?
    Last edited by rajan; 20-Oct-2005 at 08:21.

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    Re: Is this sentence correct

    First of all i am not a teacher but i will write what i think.

    I think the 1st and the 3rd are correct.

    I can't explain why the 2nd and the 4th are not correct, but i think that 'being' used in here is just placed there in between for confusion because it has no reason to be there.


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    Re: Is this sentence correct

    i think first and third ones are correct because you can not use present progressive tense for static situations. a number can be false or correct but this is not a dynamic or progressive situation.
    i hope it could work

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    Re: Is this sentence correct

    I agree with the other posters. Sentences 1. and 3. are grammatically correct, whereas 2. and 4. are ungrammatical (*).

    2. *The telephone number mentioned in the list is being wrong.
    4. *The telephone number in the list is being wrong.

    "is being" is synonymous with "is acting" or "is behaving":

    EX: ?The number is acting wrong.
    EX: ?The number is behaving wrong.

    Given certain contexts those examples might work, but in general, a number is a thing that cannot process information; it's not an animate entity; e.g., a person, and even a computer, so it cannot act or behave in a certain way.

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    Re: Is this sentence correct

    Cas,

    I used being because wrong is an adjective telling about The Telelphone number and adjectives take being. You mean to say subject should be a living being.


    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    I agree with the other posters. Sentences 1. and 3. are grammatically correct, whereas 2. and 4. are ungrammatical (*).

    2. *The telephone number mentioned in the list is being wrong.
    4. *The telephone number in the list is being wrong.

    "is being" is synonymous with "is acting" or "is behaving":

    EX: ?The number is acting wrong.
    EX: ?The number is behaving wrong.

    Given certain contexts those examples might work, but in general, a number is a thing that cannot process information; it's not an animate entity; e.g., a person, and even a computer, so it cannot act or behave in a certain way.

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    Re: Is this sentence correct

    Cas,

    I used being because wrong is an adjective and adjective takes verb. You mean to say we can use being if subject is a peron.


    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    I agree with the other posters. Sentences 1. and 3. are grammatically correct, whereas 2. and 4. are ungrammatical (*).

    2. *The telephone number mentioned in the list is being wrong.
    4. *The telephone number in the list is being wrong.

    "is being" is synonymous with "is acting" or "is behaving":

    EX: ?The number is acting wrong.
    EX: ?The number is behaving wrong.

    Given certain contexts those examples might work, but in general, a number is a thing that cannot process information; it's not an animate entity; e.g., a person, and even a computer, so it cannot act or behave in a certain way.

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    Versions 1 and 3 are correct. Adding the gerund form is a common error for people who use or speak languages other than English.

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    Re: Is this sentence correct

    Quote Originally Posted by rajan
    You mean to say we can use being if [the] subject is a person?
    What about this?

    EX: They are being unreasonable. (They are behaving in that way)

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