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comment Use A to do B VS Use A for doing B
@RegDwigнt Thanks a lot. The links are very helpful.
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comment Use A to do B VS Use A for doing B
Because I don't know how many of them are correct. If only one of the four is correct, then you need a singular verb. Otherwise, a plural verb is needed. That is the logic.
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comment Indefinite Plural VS Indefinite Singular for stating general facts, properties, etc
@JohnLawler, Thanks. That is the kind of answer I was looking for.
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accepted Is “I'm being angry” ungrammatical?
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comment Is “I'm being angry” ungrammatical?
But I have already accepted tchrist's answer. Both of you did equally well in the argument.
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comment Is “I'm being angry” ungrammatical?
I see. I'll have to agree with you then if you insist that anger can be a trait of a person. English is not my first language after all...
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comment Is “I'm being angry” ungrammatical?
Wouldn't the word "grumpy" convey the meaning better in your example "he's an angry man"?
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comment Is “I'm being angry” ungrammatical?
I guess we could explain it this way: Angry describes an emotional state that won't last over a long time and will eventually disappear. Therefore, adjectives of this kind cannot be used in the progressive form as temporariness is already inherent in their meanings. On the contrary, curious and facetious are traits or characteristics of a person so they are rather permanent over time. When we want to emphasise that this is "not" how the person being talked about usually is, we can use the progressive form to contrast or highlight the unusualness.
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comment Is “I'm being angry” ungrammatical?
@Jubobs, why don't you explain your idea first, instead of asking the same question with a new example?
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comment Is “I'm being angry” ungrammatical?
@tchrist, thanks for your answer. And what do you think about the example Jubobs gave?
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comment Is “I'm being angry” ungrammatical?
I am not sure about curious. But I feel that is not as shocking as "I am being angry" What is the answer then, @Jubobs ?
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comment Is “I'm being angry” ungrammatical?
@camelbrush Yes, they do. Are you a native speaker of English? If so, how does the sentence "I'm being angry" sound to you? A bit weird or absolutely weird?
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