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I've heard on some American TV shows "I'm starving" instead of "I'm starved".

What is the correct usage of both sentences?.

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They are both exaggerations of the same thing, namely "I'm very hungry". It seems to make little difference whether the present ongoing tense is used or whether a past tense is used; both are equally valid, and convey the same meaning.

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My personal opinion is that "I'm starving" implies that the state is ongoing, whereas "I'm starved" implies that some kind of limit has been reached.

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The difference is very slight. In interpretation of actual usage, I wouldn't presume too much on that distinction. –  Daniel Aug 2 '11 at 18:34

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