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    Thumbs up My phone calls are costing a fortune.

    There are a group of verbs which are not used in the present continuous tense sus as BE, LOOK, SEEM, FEEL,... One of these verbs is "Cost". I don't understand the meaning of this sentence which is in a book:

    A: Have you charge up your mobile?
    B: Yes, but i have still got to top it up before i ring Howard.My phone calls are costing a fortune.

    what is the meaning of "Are costing" in this situation? Please explain it to me. Thanks in advance.

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    Re: My phone calls are costing a fortune.

    There is no such rule. Please quote the title and author of the book you are referring to.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: My phone calls are costing a fortune.

    I think the present continuous here refers to a limited duration according to http://teflpedia.com/Present_progressive
    Scroll down to 'The Durative Aspect'.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: My phone calls are costing a fortune.

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Not a bad summary, if I do say so myself.

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    Re: My phone calls are costing a fortune.

    Some verbs are not usually used in continuous forms, but that doesn't mean that none of them can ever be used in this way. Here, the person is using it to say that the problem with the bills is a current one, suggesting that it has not always been like this.

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    Re: My phone calls are costing a fortune.

    A: Have you charge up your mobile?
    Have you charged​ up your mobile?

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    Re: My phone calls are costing a fortune.

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    There is no such rule. Please quote the title and author of the book you are referring to.
    the book " Idioms and Phrasal Verbs" for Intermediate by Ruth Gairns and Stuart Redman ( Oxford). I took it from Unit 16.

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    Re: My phone calls are costing a fortune.

    I'm sure the following didn't come from that book:

    There are ​is a group of verbs which are not used in the present continuous tense sus such as BE, LOOK, SEEM, FEEL,... One of these verbs is "Ccost".

    What makes you think that? There's nothing wrong with

    'Hortense is being deliberately evasive.'
    'Wally is looking distinguished tonight.'
    'Ivan Astikek is feeling under the weather.'
    'This car is costing a fortune to tun.'
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 10-Jun-2016 at 08:15.

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    #9

    Re: My phone calls are costing a fortune.

    I don't think the following came from that book, either. Certainly not as presented here:
    A: Have you charge up your mobile?
    B: Yes, but i have still got to top it up before i ring Howard.My phone calls are costing a fortune.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

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    Re: My phone calls are costing a fortune.

    Quote Originally Posted by Son Ho View Post
    the book " Idioms and Phrasal Verbs" for Intermediate by Ruth Gairns and Stuart Redman ( Oxford). I took it from Unit 16.
    To state that these verbs are never used in this form is incorrect- they tend not to be, but to turn that into an absolute rule is overstating things.

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