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    progressive tense + every day

    I am thinking about the following two noun phrases (a) and (b):

    (a) The most important thing that you need to do every day to become fluent in French.

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    The most important thing that you need to be doing every day to become fluent in French.

    I think (a) is normal, but (b) doesn't ring a bell.

    I was a little surprised when I encountered (b) because the "be doing every day"-part is in the form of "the progressive tense + every day", which construction I had never seen in any of my English grammar books.

    What is the exact meaning of (b)?
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    Re: progressive tense + every day

    Both sentences mean essentially the same thing. The progressive version emphasizes the duration of the daily activity; you don't just have to do something each day, you have to spend some time doing it.
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    Re: progressive tense + every day

    I see that you have asked the same question over at EF, Yamato. Is there something about GS's response that you don't understand? If there is, it might be a better idea to post a follow-up question here than simply repeat the question elsewhere.

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    Re: progressive tense + every day

    Thank you very much for your response.

    I just wanted to see many answers in order to help my understanding because my English is at a beginner level.

    But I think I should follow your advice.

    Many thanks.

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    Re: progressive tense + every day

    If you do post your question in more than one forum, it would be helpful if you posted links to to the other forums. Then people could see what had already been said.

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