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    haseli22 is offline Member
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    is costing or costs?

    Dear native speakers,

    Which verb for is correct in the following context?

    We're having our house completely redecorated. It's costing/costs a lot.

    Thanks.

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    Re: is costing or costs?

    Colloquially, any of "It's costing a lot", "It's costing us a lot", or "It's going to cost us a lot" would be fine.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    haseli22 is offline Member
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    Re: is costing or costs?

    If we don't consider it colloquial, then "it's costing" is wrong? Isn't it used in standard English?

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