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    look good for?

    Hello, Teachers.

    Wha't the meaning of the following sentence?
    The team are looking good for a shot at the title.
    Is 'look good for' a good expression?

    Thanks in advance.

    Enydia ^_^


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    Re: look good for?

    It means that the team have a good chance at a shot at the title.

    Their performance has been good (looking good), and they will probably get a chance/opportunity to compete for (and perhaps win) the title.

    I suppose it is a colloquial expression. I don't think it is considered proper English.

    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: look good for?

    Quote Originally Posted by colloquium View Post
    It means that the team have a good chance at a shot at the title.

    Their performance has been good (looking good), and they will probably get a chance/opportunity to compete for (and perhaps win) the title.

    I suppose it is a colloquial expression. I don't think it is considered proper English.

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    Thank you, Colloquium.

    That sentence is from Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary (sixth edition, the entry is shot).

    Do you mean the word look worked as a linking verb in that sentence?


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    Quote Originally Posted by enydia View Post
    Thank you, Colloquium.

    That sentence is from Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary (sixth edition, the entry is shot).

    Do you mean the word look worked as a linking verb in that sentence?
    Yes, it is a linking verb.

    It doesn't refer to the act of looking (I'm looking for a pen) but refers back to, and gives additional information about, the subject.

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    Re: look good for?

    Quote Originally Posted by colloquium View Post
    Yes, it is a linking verb.

    It doesn't refer to the act of looking (I'm looking for a pen) but refers back to, and gives additional information about, the subject.
    Thank you very much, Colloquium. :)

    Can this linking verb be used in progressive tenses? My teachers told me that linking verbs like be, feel and taste could not be used in progressive tenses, for they describe some states. And I think that look may be a similar linking verb, isn't it?

    Looking forward to your help.

    Enydia *^_^*


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    Re: look good for?

    Quote Originally Posted by enydia View Post
    Thank you very much, Colloquium. :)

    Can this linking verb be used in progressive tenses? My teachers told me that linking verbs like be, feel and taste could not be used in progressive tenses, for they describe some states. And I think that look may be a similar linking verb, isn't it?

    Looking forward to your help.

    Enydia *^_^*
    Taste cannot be used in a progressive tense when it is a linking verb, only when it is an action verb.

    He is tasting the soup (action verb).

    The soup tastes good (state/linking verb).

    The soup is tasting good (state/linking verb).


    You can use feel in a progressive tense when referring to physical and emotional experiences.

    a) How is he feeling?

    b) He is feeling better.

    I have also found an example of be used in the progressive tense, however this not a very common use of the verb.

    Being
    afraid of the dark, she always slept with the light on.


    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press

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    Cool Re: look good for?

    Quote Originally Posted by colloquium View Post
    ...
    I have also found an example of be used in the progressive tense, however this not a very common use of the verb.

    Being
    afraid of the dark, she always slept with the light on.


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    Normally, the verb be cannot be used in the continuous form. However, there are situations when the continuous form is preferred, if not the only possible one.
    I am a big fan of the X Factor series, and many a time I have heard Simon Cowell say something like:

    You're being naughty/funny. which means that that particular person he's referring to is acting or behaving in a naughty or funny manner, respectively.



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    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    Normally, the verb be cannot be used in the continuous form. However, there are situations when the continuous form is preferred, if not the only possible one.
    I am a big fan of the X Factor series, and many a time I have heard Simon Cowell say something like:

    You're being naughty/funny. which means that that particular person he's referring to is acting or behaving in a naughty or funny manner, respectively.

    I personally cannot stand the X-factor - not because I'm some form of elitist music snob but because I find it incredibly monotonous and trite!

    However, I also often use the continuous form of be in speech.

    Stop being stupid!

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    Quote Originally Posted by colloquium View Post
    ...
    Stop being stupid!
    I won't.

    I watch it only because it gives me a lot of laugh. People are sometimes so amusing to watch and listen to. I don't really care about the judges. It's the people that are trying (sometimes stupidly) to achieve something that make me want to watch the programme. Some I have seen to be genuinely original .

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