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    #1

    I was busying cooking....

    Is the sentnece below correct?

    I was busying cooking when the phone rang.

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    #2

    Re: I was busying cooking....

    No. Although you can "busy yourself doing something", we don't use "busy" as a verb like this. It's usually an adjective.

    I was busy cooking when the phone rang.

    I was busy.
    Doing what?
    Cooking.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: I was busying cooking....

    "I was busy cooking when the phone rang." <- and is this sentence correct?
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    #4

    Re: I was busying cooking....

    Do you think I would have suggested an incorrect sentence?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: I was busying cooking....

    ....
    Last edited by kompstar; 17-Jun-2015 at 17:55.

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    #6

    Re: I was busying cooking....

    Are the sentences below correct? I'm asking because I don't quite understand....

    1. I busied myself with cooking when the phone rang.
    2. I was busying myself with cooking when the phone rang.
    3. I wanted to busy washing up, but everyone would disturb me.

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    #7

    Re: I was busying cooking....

    Only #2 is correct. I don't find it very natural, though.

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    #8

    Re: I was busying cooking....

    Would #3 be correct if it was rewritten as 'I wanted to do the washing-up, but everyone was disturbing me.'?

    Not a teacher.

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    #9

    Re: I was busying cooking....

    Yes.

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