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    is/ is being

    Hi
    1)He's being a difficult child.
    2)He is a difficult child.
    Well, they have diffrent meaning.
    The first one means that this child is not always difficult but in this case.
    The second one means that difficult is his regular character.
    What do you think; is that right?!

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    Re: is/ is being

    You got it right

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    Re: is/ is being

    Quote Originally Posted by sara88 View Post
    Hi
    1)He's being a difficult child.
    2)He is a difficult child.
    Well, they have diffrent meaning.
    The first one means that this child is not always difficult but in this case.
    The second one means that difficult is his regular character.
    What do you think; is that right?!
    Is being difficult? Active voice? Very odd.

    Regards,
    rj1948.

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    Re: is/ is being

    Could you clarify a bit what do you mean?

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    Re: is/ is being

    Quote Originally Posted by sara88 View Post
    Hi
    1)He's being a difficult child.
    2)He is a difficult child.
    Well, they have diffrent meaning.
    The first one means that this child is not always difficult but in this case.
    The second one means that difficult is his regular character.
    What do you think; is that right?!
    Hi, sara88.

    1)He's being a difficult child. <temporary action>
    He's not always a difficult child to handle, but now he is. The speaker(writer) might probably be annoyed at his action now.

    2)He is a difficult child. <general statement>
    I wouldn't say it's a "permanent action."(because he may change his attitude(character) as he grows up.) The speaker(writer) is describing his general character.

    So...I think your interpretation is absolutely right.
    I'm not a native speaker, so please forgive me if I'm wrong.

    P.S.
    Mr.David L. has started a thread concerning "Present Continuous." I think it might be very helpful to you. Please have a look at it later.

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    Re: is/ is being

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Hi, sara88.

    1)He's being a difficult child. <temporary action>
    He's not always a difficult child to handle, but now he is. The speaker(writer) might probably be annoyed at his action now.

    2)He is a difficult child. <general statement>
    I wouldn't say it's a "permanent action."(because he may change his attitude(character) as he grows up.) The speaker(writer) is describing his general character.

    So...I think your interpretation is absolutely right.
    I'm not a native speaker, so please forgive me if I'm wrong.

    P.S.
    Mr.David L. has started a thread concerning "Present Continuous." I think it might be very helpful to you. Please have a look at it later.
    You are absolutely right in your analasis tzfujimino.
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 23-Jun-2008 at 20:15. Reason: typo

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    Re: is/ is being

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Hi, sara88.

    1)He's being a difficult child. <temporary action>
    He's not always a difficult child to handle, but now he is. The speaker(writer) might probably be annoyed at his action now.

    2)He is a difficult child. <general statement>
    I wouldn't say it's a "permanent action."(because he may change his attitude(character) as he grows up.) The speaker(writer) is describing his general character.

    So...I think your interpretation is absolutely right.
    I'm not a native speaker, so please forgive me if I'm wrong.

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    Mr.David L. has started a thread concerning "Present Continuous." I think it might be very helpful to you. Please have a look at it later.
    Dear Tzfujimino,
    What David L discussed was present continuous passive;'The dinner is being served'.
    What confused me is :
    It's present continuous -active.

    Is +being+noun.
    He is being a difficult child-active.

    He+is+being+adj

    He is being childish;you are being silly;She is being foolish.he is being dihonest.
    What confused me was the usage of 'a'.

    Now it's clear the sentence'He is being a difficult child' is correct.
    Regards,
    rj1948



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    Re: is/ is being

    Thanks a lot everyone.

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