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    Question Difference between "is in progress" and "in progress"

    Hi,

    Below is a tool for deleting a database, the progress shows "Database deletion in progress".

    I want to know what is the difference between "Database deletion in progress" and "Database deletion is in progress".
    Sometimes, I will use "is in progress", and sometimes just "in progress", are both correct?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Difference between "is in progress" and "in progress"

    'In progress' is the status of the operation. When you say 'it is in progress' you're saying that it has that status. They're structurally distinct, but they refer to the same situation,

    (The only possible exception is when a speaker is sceptically quoting the status message. 'The deletion is "in progress", but you know what that means, so don't hold your breath.)

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    Re: Difference between "is in progress" and "in progress"

    Quote Originally Posted by fenglish View Post
    The progress bar shows "Database deletion in progress".
    Short messages, including in technical contexts such as this, often omit the verb.

    Quote Originally Posted by fenglish View Post
    I want to know what is the difference between "Database deletion in progress" and "Database deletion is in progress".
    There is no difference in meaning.

    Quote Originally Posted by fenglish View Post
    Sometimes, I will use "is in progress", and sometimes just "in progress", are both correct?
    It depends on the context that you use them in.

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