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    Which one is correct? the water is boiling. or the water boils.

    which one is correct?

    A. The water is boiling.
    B. The water is being boiled.

    I wrote the first one, but somebody said that the water looks like the subject of the verb so it must be in passive form as the sentence B. I said that one of the boil meaning is " to undergo the process of boiling" so I feel that I can say "the water is boiling'

    by they way, in this sentence we try to mean that "right now" the water is boiling. Like " Hey the water is boiling, could you please turn the oven off?"

    Please help.
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    #2

    Re: Which one is correct? the water is boiling. or the water boils.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rezafo View Post
    A. The water is boiling.
    That's the one.
    by they way, in this sentence we try to mean that "right now" the water is boiling. Like " Hey the water is boiling, could you please turn the oven off?"
    We normally boil water one the stove/cooker/hob. not in the oven.
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    Re: Which one is correct? the water is boiling. or the water boils.

    Both sentences are correct. Sentence A is much more common. Your final sentence would be fine if it said "Hey, the water is boiling! Would you please turn off the stove?"

    Remember not to put a space after an opening quotation mark and to use the same kind of quotation mark at the beginning and the end of a quotation.
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    Re: Which one is correct? the water is boiling. or the water boils.

    The present simple could be used in an exchange such as:

    John: What happens to the water when the temperature reaches 100 degrees?
    Jane: The water boils.

    (I'm not great at physics so please don't take issue with the facts of that dialogue. It was just an example of using the present simple to express a fact.)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Which one is correct? the water is boiling. or the water boils.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The present simple could be used in an exchange such as:

    John: What happens to the water when the temperature reaches 100 degrees?
    Jane: The water boils.

    (I'm not great at physics so please don't take issue with the facts of that dialogue. It was just an example of using the present simple to express a fact.)
    Your physics is fine provided a) the degrees are of the Celsius variety and b) the water is at sea level.
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    Re: Which one is correct? the water is boiling. or the water boils.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rezafo View Post
    which one is correct?

    A. The water is boiling.
    B. The water is being boiled.

    I wrote the first one, but somebody said that the water looks like the subject of the verb so it must be in passive form as the sentence B. I said that one of the boil meaning is " to undergo the process of boiling" so I feel that I can say "the water is boiling'

    by they way, in this sentence we try to mean that "right now" the water is boiling. Like " Hey the water is boiling, could you please turn the oven off?"
    '..."right now" the water is boiling' indicates "A" is the correct choice.

    "B" would be suitable if you are confirming that the task is being taken care of.

    "Where's my water! I asked for it thirty minutes ago!"

    "Sir, please be patient. The water is being boiled; we'll bring it to you as soon as it is ready."

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    Re: Which one is correct? the water is boiling. or the water boils.

    Being boiled is supposed to sound like this.

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