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    I'll be being unfair.

    I can't say it. I'll be lying to you. I'll be making a fool of you. I'll be being unfair.


    Is it right to say "I'll be being..."? It sounds strange to my ears, but I was wondering how to say it, as (I think) other verbs, other than "verb to be", can be used freely.
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    #2

    Re: I'll be being unfair.

    It's OK.

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    #3

    Re: I'll be being unfair.

    I would change all the instances of "I will" to "I would" because you're talking about what you would be doing if you did say it to them.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I'll be being unfair.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I would change all the instances of "I will" to "I would" because you're talking about what you would be doing if you did say it to them.
    I considered this possibility while I was writing, I even almost changed it, but then I thought "will" wasn't wrong!

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    #5

    Re: I'll be being unfair.

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    I considered this possibility while I was writing, I even almost changed it, but then I thought "will" wasn't wrong!
    It's not automatically wrong. It just doesn't work in that particular sentence.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: I'll be being unfair.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    It's not automatically wrong. It just doesn't work in that particular sentence.
    How would you rephrase the sentence?

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    #7

    Re: I'll be being unfair.

    Ems has already told you that 'would' is better than 'will' in that sentence.

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    Re: I'll be being unfair.

    Quote Originally Posted by beachboy View Post
    How would you rephrase the sentence?
    Other than changing "will" to "would", I wouldn't change anything. You could change "I can't" to "I couldn't" but it's not necessary.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I'll be being unfair.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Ems has already told you that 'would' is better than 'will' in that sentence.

    I understand. GoesStation said the sentence didn't work in that particular sentence, and I thought he might have referred to something else. My "problem" with the sentence was the "be being" part.

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    #10

    Re: I'll be being unfair.

    When BE is used with a meaning similar to BEHAVE, it can be used in progressive forms.

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