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    Ivy Coils Around Column

    I have a question about the usage of the verb "coil". Could I use the present tense of "coil" to describe the present state of ivy coiled around something?

    Could I write this:

    "Ivy coils around the column."


    to mean the current state of ivy that is coiled (adjective state) around some column?

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    Re: Ivy Coils Around Column

    Yes. In the right context.

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    Re: Ivy Coils Around Column

    @bhaisahab

    But, there is always the potential for it being misread as the durative act of coiling around the column?

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    Re: Ivy Coils Around Column

    ..potential for it to be misread as..

    What do you mean by 'durative act'?
    Last edited by tedmc; 06-Jun-2015 at 10:12.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Ivy Coils Around Column

    Quote Originally Posted by learningspirit View Post
    But, there is always the potential for it being misread as the durative act of coiling around the column?
    If I may butt in; that's why bhaisahab qualified his answer with "In the right context."

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    Re: Ivy Coils Around Column

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    What do you mean by 'durative act'?
    I had to look it up, too, Ted.

    noting or pertaining to a verb aspect expressing incomplete or continued action.

    Beat and walk are durative in contrast to strike and step.
    (Collins)

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