is costing or costs?

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haseli22

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Dear native speakers,

Which verb for is correct in the following context?

We're having our house completely redecorated. It's costing/costs a lot.

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Colloquially, any of "It's costing a lot", "It's costing us a lot", or "It's going to cost us a lot" would be fine.
 

haseli22

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If we don't consider it colloquial, then "it's costing" is wrong? Isn't it used in standard English?
 
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