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    A difference between the meaning of two sentences

    It appeares that there is little difference in meaning between the following sentences. Could you please explain more about it?

    What's the matter with bill? He looks awful.


    What's the matter with bill? He is looking awful.



    Last edited by Shamsiyan; 21-Jul-2012 at 14:28.

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    Re: A difference between the meaning of two sentences

    A more meaningful thread title such as

    "looks awful" vs. "is looking awful"
    or
    present simple vs. present continous

    will probably encourage more people to respond.

    To go back to your question: what do you think is the difference?

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    Re: A difference between the meaning of two sentences

    Hello, Shamsiyan.
    For your information: Present Continuous - EnglishTenses.com

    How about studying when the continuous form is used?

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    Re: A difference between the meaning of two sentences

    you are right.

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    #5

    Re: A difference between the meaning of two sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by Shamsiyan View Post
    Yes, you are right.
    And I've found this for you: The present continuous with LOOK GOOD. - WordReference Forums
    Good luck!

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    #6

    Re: A difference between the meaning of two sentences

    Thank you for your help.

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    #7

    Re: A difference between the meaning of two sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by Shamsiyan View Post
    Thank you for your help.
    No problem.
    However, Shamsiyan, just one click on the Like button in each post is enough to express your appreciation.

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    Re: A difference between the meaning of two sentences

    I'm new to the forum, and so I will stick to just my impression:

    "He is Looking awful".
    This version could/would suggest a comment that would/could have come shortly after a visit to Bill.
    Example: a discussion via telephonic that conveys one's impression to someone else of/about Bill's condition.

    Although yes, it's possible to use that syntax "in the moment", it's not as clear as...

    ..."He looks awful". This version suggests a remark made on scene, "in the moment" of being there, making an immediate assessment of Bill's condition.

    They are interchangeable but I believe the "looking" version ever-so-slightly suggests after-the-fact.
    IMJO!
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    Last edited by Webserf; 21-Jul-2012 at 17:02. Reason: clarity

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    Re: A difference between the meaning of two sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by Shamsiyan View Post
    It appeares that there is little difference in meaning between the following sentences. Could you please explain more about it?

    What's the matter with bill? He looks awful. Depending on the situation/context it could be an observation at the moment of speaking even in present simple ( Look at Bill, he looks awful) OR could be a statement made sometime after the observation. (Have you seen Bill lately? He looks awful.)

    What's the matter with bill? He is looking awful. Same as above.
    billmcd and I feel fine.

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    #10

    Re: A difference between the meaning of two sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by Webserf View Post
    They are interchangeable but I believe the "looking" version ever-so-slightly suggests after-the-fact.
    Both the simple and progressive forms can be used while looking at Bill or a in a later report of seeing him. I see no evidence to support the idea you suggest.

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