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  1. #1

    "know" vs "knowing"

    Hi,

    I know

    "I am knowing this." Not OK
    "I know this." OK

    I read the following sentence in a newspaper article recently.

    "We will be knowing the election results tomorrow."

    Should it be - "We will know the election results tomorrow" ?


    Thanks

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    #2

    Re: "know" vs "knowing"

    Hmm. Sounds odd, I agree. "know" is a stative verb and verbs of that class tend not to take -ing. Well, then again, there's the McDonald's exception, "I'm likin' it!" But that's advertising for ya.

    Try, "We will be getting the election results tomorrow."

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    #3

    Re: "know" vs "knowing"

    Cas, it's:
    I'm lovin' it.


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    Re: "know" vs "knowing"

    "We will be knowing the election results tomorrow." means "We will in the process of being acquainted with the election results, which will come out one by one tomorrow."
    Sometimes we use some state verbs in the continuous to talk about a short period of time.

    I love/enjoy parties ---- PERMANENT STATE (simple tense)
    I'm loving/enjoying this party ---- SHORT PERIOD (continuous)

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    Re: "know" vs "knowing"

    Cas, thank you. Yes "getting" seems a better way to go.

    Asad, I understand the logic, but in English some verbs are not
    used in the present continuous form. Having learned this
    (that they cannot be used
    in this form), I saw it being used in that form in the newspaper
    and had a doubt. As Cas suggested, using "getting" seems
    to avoid this problem. Verbs such as "see", "hear", "smell",
    "taste" are used in present simple and not present continuous.
    The exception for "see" is - "I am seeing my doctor tomorrow",
    where the meaning of "see" is "meet".

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    Re: "know" vs "knowing"

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    Cas, it's:
    I'm lovin' it.
    Tells ya how often I eat there. This time at least I spelled McDonald's correctly.

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    Re: "know" vs "knowing"

    You're most welcome.

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