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    #1

    I'm wearing my blue shirt.

    I'm wearing my blue shirt.

    Hi,
    Can we say that the above blue sentence can have two different meaning if used in different contexts?

    This is my analysis:

    I'm wearing my blue shirt. => I have put on my blue shirt (before) and it's on my body now.

    I'm wearing my blue shirt. => I'm putting on my blue shirt (now) => (I'm doing the act of putting on now)

    Am I right?

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    #2

    Re: I'm wearing my blue shirt.

    I think you are wrong because 'wear' does not mean 'put on' according to http://www.macmillandictionary.com/t...s-other-people
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: I'm wearing my blue shirt.

    Only the first is correct. 'I am wearing' does not mean the same as 'I am putting on'.

    (Crossposted with Matthew)

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    #4

    Re: I'm wearing my blue shirt.

    You are only wearing something once you have put it on for me.

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    Re: I'm wearing my blue shirt.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    You are only wearing something once you have put it on for me.
    Not just for you - for everyone.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: I'm wearing my blue shirt.

    Thanks. I have another similar question.

    1. What are you wearing?
    2. What do you wear?
    3. What do you put on?

    #1 means what you have on your body now and #2 means what you put on (maybe every day) as a habit.
    And #2 and #3 have the same meaning. Am I right?

    Am I right?

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    #7

    Re: I'm wearing my blue shirt.

    All three sentences are unnatural without meaningful context.

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    Re: I'm wearing my blue shirt.

    Alex: "I hate my office because it has a terrible dress code."

    Jennifer: "Hahaha, really? Why? What do you wear?"


    The above conversation is self-made. Can we say that the above blue question means "what do you put on? (for work)"

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    Re: I'm wearing my blue shirt.

    If there's a strict dress code, the question would probably be "What do you have to wear?" or "What do they make you wear?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #10

    Re: I'm wearing my blue shirt.

    In spite of all the opposition I think you are absolutely right. Both can be perfectly natural and correct, depending on the context.

    I'm wearing (= I am going to wear) my blue shirt when I go to the anti-trump rally.

    I'm wearing my blue shirt because all of my other shirts are dirty.
    Last edited by probus; 23-Nov-2016 at 03:54.

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