Results 1 to 2 of 2

Thread: Using "being"

  1. Member
    Interested in Language
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Spanish
      • Home Country:
      • Spain
      • Current Location:
      • Spain

    • Join Date: Aug 2007
    • Posts: 164

    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.

  2. probus's Avatar
    Key Member
    Retired English Teacher
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada

    • Join Date: Jan 2011
    • Posts: 3,555

    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."

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 4
    Last Post: 17-Sep-2012, 04:23
  2. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 02-Jul-2012, 19:53
  3. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 06-Jun-2012, 17:55
  4. [Vocabulary] How do you pronounce "Cotton", "Button", "Britain", "Manhattan"...
    By Williamyh in forum Pronunciation and Phonetics
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 24-Dec-2009, 09:36
  5. confusing words "expressed" or "express" and "named" or"names"
    By Dawood Usmani in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 26-Oct-2007, 19:33


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts