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    #11

    Re: We are tasting wine

    Quote Originally Posted by Yankee View Post
    why not, "A growing number prefer...…"?
    Because that would not express the progressive aspect, i.e., a focus on what is presented at the moment of speaking as a (temporary) trend in preference .

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    #12

    Re: We are tasting wine

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    Because that would not express the progressive aspect, i.e., a focus on what is presented at the moment of speaking as a (temporary) trend in preference .
    No one said anything about ''the wine is tasting bitter and bitter.''

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    #13

    Re: We are tasting wine

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    No one said anything about ''the wine is tasting bitter and bitter.''
    Where does that sentence come from? It's not correct.

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    #14

    Re: We are tasting wine

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    Where does that sentence come from? It's not correct.
    I don't remember which book I was using but there was a similar example about the wine changingits taste.

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    #15

    Re: We are tasting wine

    It's a terrible (grammatically incorrect) example.

    This wine is tasting more and more bitter.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #16

    Re: We are tasting wine

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    No one said anything about ''the wine is tasting better and better.''
    Is that what you meant?
    I am not a teacher.

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    #17

    Re: We are tasting wine

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Is that what you meant?
    It was not my example. I cannot find it but I remember there was the progressive in that sentence. I made a mistake and wrote bitter and bitter instead of more and more bitter, thanks for correcting me, emsr2d2 and GoesStation. As I see the verb ''taste'' can be used in the progressive to express a change.

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    #18

    Re: We are tasting wine

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    Because that would not express the progressive aspect, i.e., a focus on what is presented at the moment of speaking as a (temporary) trend in preference .
    Why is "a growing number" not a "progressive aspect"?

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    #19

    Re: We are tasting wine

    Noun phrases don't show aspect.
    Typoman - writer of rongs

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    #20

    Re: We are tasting wine

    Quote Originally Posted by Yankee View Post
    Why is "a growing number" not a "progressive aspect"?
    By 'progressive aspect' I mean that which is expressed by progressive verb tenses (present/past progressive, etc.). It's a technical term. Another way to say 'progressive' is 'continuous'.

    The difference between People prefer and People are preferring is that the former shows no aspect (present simple) and the latter shows progressive aspect (present progressive). That means that the two forms have different meanings/uses.

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