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    Water is dripping down from your air-conditioner

    I've found water dripping from my upstairs neighbour's airconditioner to ours for the recent days. Is it natural for me to talk the neighbour using a present continiuos tense as follows:

    Hi, I am your downstairs neighbour . It seems that water is dripping down from your air-conditioner to ours.

    Thanks.




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    Re: Water is dripping down from your air-conditioner

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    I've found water dripping from my upstairs neighbour's airconditioner to ours for the recent days. Is it natural for me to talk the neighbour using a present continiuos tense as follows:

    Hi, I am your downstairs neighbour . It seems that water is dripping down from your air-conditioner to ours.

    Thanks.



    Yes, that's OK.

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    Re: Water is dripping down from your air-conditioner

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Yes, that's OK.
    Thanks, bhai.


    Is it natural for me to talk the neighbour using a present tense as follows:

    Hi, I am your downstairs neighbour . It seems that water drips down from your air-conditioner to ours.


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    Re: Water is dripping down from your air-conditioner

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Thanks, bhai.


    Is it natural for me to talk the neighbour using a present tense as follows:

    Hi, I am your downstairs neighbour . It seems that water drips down from your air-conditioner to ours.

    It's OK but I prefer the version with the continuous.

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    Re: Water is dripping down from your air-conditioner

    You could omit 'down'.

    Can you think why?

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    Re: Water is dripping down from your air-conditioner

    Is water dripping from his air conditioner to your air conditioner? Cause that's what "ours" means in that sentence.

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    Re: Water is dripping down from your air-conditioner

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Thanks, bhai.


    Is it natural for me to talk the neighbour using a present tense as follows:

    Hi, I am your downstairs neighbour . It seems that water drips down from your air-conditioner to ours.

    Using the present tense suggests a habitual action: Every morning at 9am, water drips from your air conditioner onto ours.
    The use of the present continuous suggests that it is happening right now (it is unclear whether it has been happening for some time): Water is dripping from your air conditioner onto ours.
    If you want to suggest that it's happening now and has been doing so for some time, try "Water constantly drips from your AC onto ours" or "Water has been dripping from your AC onto ours for several weeks".

    You will note that I have used "onto", not "to" before "ours". I have also assumed that the water is landing on your AC unit.

    Also note that you don't really have to specify that it's water. If you said "Your AC is dripping onto ours", they would know what you meant. If it were dripping something other than water, then you might want to specify.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Water is dripping down from your air-conditioner

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    You could omit 'down'.

    Can you think why?
    Thanks, Rover.

    It is because " drip" means "to fall in small drops".

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    Re: Water is dripping down from your air-conditioner

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Is water dripping from his air conditioner to your air conditioner? Cause that's what "ours" means in that sentence.
    Thanks, SoothingDave.

    Yes.

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    Re: Water is dripping down from your air-conditioner

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Using the present tense suggests a habitual action: Every morning at 9am, water drips from your air conditioner onto ours.
    The use of the present continuous suggests that it is happening right now (it is unclear whether it has been happening for some time): Water is dripping from your air conditioner onto ours.
    If you want to suggest that it's happening now and has been doing so for some time, try "Water constantly drips from your AC onto ours" or "Water has been dripping from your AC onto ours for several weeks".

    You will note that I have used "onto", not "to" before "ours". I have also assumed that the water is landing on your AC unit.

    Also note that you don't really have to specify that it's water. If you said "Your AC is dripping onto ours", they would know what you meant. If it were dripping something other than water, then you might want to specify.
    Thanks, ems.

    If I met my neighbour, who lives alone, on the street, I assume there's no water dripping from his conditoners at that moment.

    Other than "Water constantly drips from your AC onto ours" or "Water has been dripping from your AC onto ours for several weeks", is it incorrect to use a present continiuos tense as follows?

    Water is dripping from your air-conditioner onto ours.

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