R.Thanks for reply
In the following sentences 'agree' and 'appear' is used with -ing.Is this construction right?
The difficulty with these systems was agreeing who would maintain them in the future .
Agreeing is a gerund here, not a present participle. Nobody "was agreeing". This sentence means:
The difficulty with these systems [Subject] was [Copula Verb] agreeing [gerund noun ] who would maintain them in the future [Complement]. OR
"Agreeing who would maintain them in future [Subject] was [Copula Verb] the difficulty [noun] with the system [Complement].
Still, you can write a progressive sentence with "agree".
"It was a strange discussion. I couldn't tell if they were agreeing or not."
No wonder lines were appearing on his face.
Are you sure about this example? Again, it seems not to be "aux of "to be" + present participle" -> present progressive tense.Hello,
Many stative verbs can mix with grammatical progressive aspect. As you may already know, stative verbs have a permanency and unchanging aspect to them which is why using progressive aspect with it would make some pretty funny and redundant sounding sentences (ex. I am knowing this question / I know this question). However, if you hear stative verbs being used with progressive aspect, a temporary/hypothetical state and internally viewed sense is expressed. For example:
"I'm far more comfortable knowing that Israel has nuclear weapons than I am knowing that Iran is trying to posses them."
Are you sure about this example? Again, it seems not to be "aux of "to be" + present participle" -> present progressive tense.
Doesn't it mean:
"I'm far more comfortable knowing that Israel has nuclear weapons than I am comfortable knowing that Iran is trying to posses them."?
It doesn't mean "I am more uncomfortable now that I am knowing that Iran is trying to possess them." (which would be an example, but a bad one.)
Again, "I'm more uncomfortable knowing this than I am knowing that." is not an example of a stative verb used progressively because there's an ellipted "uncomfortable".
Isn't "knowing" a gerund in your example? "Knowing this makes me more uncomfortable than knowing that."
I want your help again.In the following sentence 'Denying' is verb or something else.
"There is no denying the fact that such data is also required".
Thanks alot"Denying" is not a part of the verb. Again, it's a gerund.
"Denying the fact that such data is also required is not possible."