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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.
You could omit 'down'.
Can you think why?
Is water dripping from his air conditioner to your air conditioner? Cause that's what "ours" means in that sentence.
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.
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.