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    Long and short actions

    Hello.
    This exercise is also from "Macmillan English Grammar in Context" by Michael Vince. The progressive was used only in b, j, and p. Is it because they are longer actions? It was mentioned in one of my books that in comments the progressive is used for longer actions.
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    Re: Long and short actions

    I don't see a b, j, or p.

    Yes, the progressive is used for continuing actions.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Long and short actions

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    I don't see a b, j, or p.

    Yes, the progressive is used for continuing actions.
    There are "He is walking", "He is standing", and "He is sitting."

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    Re: Long and short actions

    Then you're probably right.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #5

    Re: Long and short actions

    It seems a bit of an oversimplification to me.

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