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    are / are being

    Thank you my dear. You are always so nice and friendly to me. I'll visit you soon.
    Thank you my dear. You are always being so nice and friendly to me. I'll be visiting you soon.

    Which one sounds better?

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    #2

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    The first. But you need a comma after "Thank you".

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    Don't know why but I somehow like these constructions with "is being", "was being", "will be doing", "have been doing", etc. and on facebook, I often read native English speakers use them. So, in which situations are they proper? I'm just asking because I'd like to use them more frequently but often feel unsure if they're correct.
    Check these sentences, please:

    We've been travelling around Las Vegas for some weeks. Most people we met there were being so nice to us and also, we have even been invited to a spectacular VIP dinner. Sadly, we'll be flying home tomorrow but we will never forget this trip.

    Correct or not?

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    "We've been travelling around Las Vegas for some weeks. Most people we met there were being so nice to us and also, we have even been invited to a spectacular VIP dinner. Sadly, we'll be flying home tomorrow but we will never forget this trip. "

    The red one is wrong. The others work.
    Often, the progressive used to say that something, B, happened while you were doing something else, A. "We were travelling around, and most people were nice to us."
    But:
    "We've been travelling around Las Vegas for some weeks. Some people we met there were being so nice to us until they found out what sort of people we were."


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    #5

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    Thanks for the good explanaition. I got one last question:

    1 She's not in her office. She'll (probably) be having lunch in the canteen (right now).
    2 She's not in her office. She's (probably) having lunch in the canteen (right now).
    3 She's not in her office. She (probably) has lunch in the canteen (right now).

    Are there any differences in meaning? #3 seems a bit strange to me.

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    #6

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    2 is natural.

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    #7

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    But you'll hear #1 as well.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #8

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    I find the first as natural as the second.

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