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    I'm happy being single.

    I have two questions
    A .I wonder if the meaning of the next sentence is "1" or "2".
    I'm happy being single.
    1. I'm happy about being single.
    2. I'm happy that I'm single

    B. I wonder if "being" is gerund or participle.
    I'm happy being single.

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    Re: I'm happy being single.

    Quote Originally Posted by wowenglish1 View Post
    I have two questions
    A .I wonder if the meaning of the next sentence is "1" or "2".
    I'm happy being single.
    1. I'm happy about being single.
    2. I'm happy that I'm single

    B. I wonder if "being" is gerund or participle.
    I'm happy being single.
    It basically means "I am quite content with the fact that I am single. I am not desperate for a boyfriend/girlfriend/partner".

    It doesn't mean "I am happy specifically because I am single".

    We sometimes use "happy" to mean "I'm OK thanks. I don't need anything/I don't need what you're offering!" For example:

    Mother and daughter are eating a meal.
    Mum: Do you want anything else?
    Daughter: No, I'm fine.
    Mum: Really, I have lots more food in the fridge. Are you sure?
    Daughter: Yes, really, I'm quite happy with what I have on my plate. Thanks, though.

    So here it's closer to "satisfied" rather than "happy - opposite of sad".

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