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    Teachers,

    Is the sentence "He is keeping me waiting." grammatically correct?

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    Re: keeping me waiting

    I consider it correct, but I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: keeping me waiting

    Yes, it is correct.

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    Re: keeping me waiting

    Teachers,
    Some of my friends said that the sentence "He is keeping me waiting." is grammatically incorrect?

    Can you give me reasons why it's correct?

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    Re: keeping me waiting

    One reason is that we use the present progressive to describe actions which are happening as we speak.

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    Re: keeping me waiting

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    One reason is that we use the present progressive to describe actions which are happening as we speak.
    My friends said that the two verbs (which are both in the present progressive tense) are incorrectly used.

    Thanks in advance.

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    #7

    Re: keeping me waiting

    There is only one (main) verb here, which is 'keeping'. 'Waiting' is a participle being used as an adjective.


    You could change the tense of the main verb and it wouldn't affect the participle. "He kept me waiting."

    You could substitute another adjective to prove the point - "He is keeping me busy".

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    #8

    Re: keeping me waiting

    He is the one keep you waiting.

    He's not "keeping waiting."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #9

    Re: keeping me waiting

    How about the sentence "Sorry for keeping you waiting."? Is it grammatically correct?

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    #10

    Re: keeping me waiting

    It is not really a sentence without "I'm" or "I am" at the beginning. But as it exists, it is very common in colloquial English.

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