Interested in Language
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.
"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."