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    #1

    pine for

    My question is: Is "pine for" just used in the continuos tenses or do you also use it with other tenses?
    1) After the death of his master, that dog kept on staying graveside. I think it's pining for him.
    2) I'm pining for home...I want to get back right now.
    3) Do you pine for your mum?

    Is it used very often? or doen a native speaker prefer to use "miss"?
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    #2

    Re: pine for

    I'd say native speakers prefer to use 'miss'.

    In my experience, 'pine' is mostly (but not exclusively) used for what bereaved pets do as in your sentence #1.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 07-Dec-2013 at 19:06.

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    #3

    Re: pine for

    not a teacher

    I understand that certain parrots may appear to be dead when in fact they are merely pining for the fjords.
    The Parrot Sketch - YouTube

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    #4

    Re: pine for

    There is a joke country & western song: I could plant myself a forest, I'm pining so for you.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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