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    Using "being"

    Hi everyone, I've just did an exercise and it seems that:-

    I can say:

    They are busy.
    They are noisy.
    They are being noisy.

    But it's wrong to say:

    They are being busy.

    Can anyone please tell me why this last sentence is not correct?

    Thanks as always for your great help.

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    Re: Using "being"

    "Being busy" has an implied element of continuity: being busy is a process that occurs over a period of time. Therefore "being busy" is redundant in the simple indicative. But the phrase can occur in more complex grammatical constructions; for example "They feigned being busy" or "They pretended to be busy."

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