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    don't understand vs. not understanding

    Hello! For example, we have a phrase: "I don't understand what youre talking about" which is correct. But the phrase: "I am not understanding what youre talking about" seems incorrect or not? Present Continious seems also suitable in this case! Thanks a lot in advance!

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    Re: don't understand vs. not understanding

    My Oxford dictionary reads "understand (not used in the progressive tenses)".

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    Re: don't understand vs. not understanding

    Quote Originally Posted by tengri View Post
    Hello!

    For example, we have There is a phrase: "I don't understand what you're talking about" which is correct. But does the phrase "I am not understanding what you're talking about" seems seem incorrect or not? Present continuous also seems also suitable in this case!

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    Using the present continuous is very common in Indian English. It is far less common in most other variants for many contexts. In BrE, we would generally only use "I don't understand".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: don't understand vs. not understanding

    It's possible to use the present continuous if you want to stress that it's temporary.
    I understood everything you said about the prior topic, but I'm not understanding you right now. Can you try to explain this part another way?
    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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