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    Rachel Adams is offline Key Member
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    Re: Is closing or closes

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    He's talking about commentaries , like sport on TV, not comments, so a football/soccer commentator could say:



    These are not universal rules, but he's looking at certain contexts- stories, instructions and commentaries.
    Are "close," "hang up," and "pick up the receiver" long or short actions?

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    Re: Is closing or closes

    What do you think, Rachel?
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    Re: Is closing or closes

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    What do you think, Rachel?
    Short in my language, but I am not sure that's the case in English.

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    Re: Is closing or closes

    The duration of those actions has nothing to do with language!
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    Re: Is closing or closes

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    He's talking about commentaries , like sport on TV, not comments, so a football/soccer commentator could say :
    So it's not about people making comments but it's about commentaries sbout something that is being broadcast. Do I understand correctly?

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    Re: Is closing or closes

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    So it's not about people making comments but it's about commentaries sbout something that is being broadcast. Do I understand correctly?
    Yes.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Is closing or closes

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    The duration of those actions has nothing to do with language!
    OK but does it mean none of them ("pick up the receiver," "close" and "hang up") are used in a progressive tense?
    I am not asking about commentaries, I mean in other contexts.
    I found only one example for "closing" on Fraze.it. One for "picking up a receiver."

    1. "He sits her down inside the closet and follows her in, closing the door behind him."

    2. "And a poster with the caption: "Woman's hand picking up phone receiver."
    http://allposters.co.uk/-sp/woman-s-..._i7995779_.htm
    Last edited by Rachel Adams; 21-Jan-2021 at 08:45.

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    Re: Is closing or closes

    A: What's he doing?
    B: Closing the shop/Picking up the receiver/Hanging up the phone.

    The duration of the act doesn't determine the tense.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Is closing or closes

    Imagine a film about a hostage situation. The kidnapper could pick up the phone slowly to frighten the victim. It's all about context.

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    Re: Is closing or closes

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Imagine a film about a hostage situation. The kidnapper could pick up the phone slowly to frighten the victim. It's all about context.
    So generally they are short actions but they can be used in the progressive as longer actions in the right context. Do I understand correctly?

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