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    #1

    Are you being serious/ Are you serious?

    What's the difference in meaning between the two sentences?

    1) Are you being serious?
    2) Are you serious?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #2

    Re: Are you being serious/ Are you serious?

    Not much difference.

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    #3

    Re: Are you being serious/ Are you serious?

    Thank you, could you give me a similar example with a different adjective in which there is a difference in meaning between the tense forms?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #4

    Re: Are you being serious/ Are you serious?

    Quote Originally Posted by englishhobby View Post
    Thank you, could you give me a similar example with a different adjective in which there is a difference in meaning between the tense forms?
    1) Are you being truthful? (at this moment or about this specific situation)
    2) Are you truthful? (in general, is this one of your traits?)

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