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    Present Simple vs. Present Continuous

    Sometimes when I'm scolding my son for having been mean to his little sister, I'm asking him:
    "Why are you being mean to her?". Is the countinuous aspect used correctly, or should I say: "Why are mean to her?"
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    Re: Present Simple vs. Present Continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by mihallure View Post
    Sometimes when I'm scolding my son for having been mean to his little sister, I'm asking him:
    "Why are you being mean to her?". Is the countinuous aspect used correctly, or should I say: "Why are you mean to her?"
    Thank you!
    Both are fine. In the first you are asking why he is being mean at the moment, in the second you are asking why he is always mean to her.

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    Re: Present Simple vs. Present Continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by mihallure View Post
    Sometimes when I'm scolding my son for having been mean to his little sister, I'm asking him:
    "Why are you being mean to her?". Is the countinuous aspect used correctly, or should I say: "Why are mean to her?"
    Thank you!
    Your second version is incorrect. It can be repaired by adding "you" after "are".

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    Re: Present Simple vs. Present Continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Your second version is incorrect. It can be repaired by adding "you" after "are".
    That's why bhai repaired it in the quoted text.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 15-Jan-2014 at 20:18.

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    Re: Present Simple vs. Present Continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    That's why bhai repaired it in the quoted text,
    Ah! Didn't see that.

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    Re: Present Simple vs. Present Continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by mihallure View Post
    Sometimes when I'm scolding my son for having been mean to his little sister, I'm asking him:
    "Why are you being mean to her?". Is the countinuous aspect used correctly, or should I say: "Why are mean to her?"
    Thank you!
    Interestingly, in your question you wrote "I'm asking him."

    That's when you should have used "I ask him" to show it's a repeated action.
    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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