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    Is a certain choice of a tense important in this sentence?

    If we are talking about one child's teeth coming out which tense is the best to use

    1) Her teeth begin to come out.
    2) Her teeth are beginning to come out.


    If we talk of a person who has started to look at some situation differently and he says

    3) I begin to realize that this situation is not as simple as I thought.
    4) I am beginning to realize that this situation is not as simple as I thought.

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    Re: Is a certain choice of a tense important in this sentence?

    You mean that a child's baby teeth are showing up?

    They are coming IN not OUT (in Amercan English).

    Her teeth are starting to come in.
    ... are beginning to come in.
    ... are coming in.

    For the second set, 4.
    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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    Re: Is a certain choice of a tense important in this sentence?

    Right. It's a strange idiom, like punched in the nose. When we talk about teeth coming out, we're usually talking about a dentist them.

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    Re: Is a certain choice of a tense important in this sentence?

    2) Her teeth are beginning to come out.
    This could be referring to when the child starts to lose baby teeth. Is that what you mean, Kotfor? (My youngest daughter lost her first baby tooth eating an airline meal over Iran, on route to India.)

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