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Jul
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comment *Joking* used in continuous form
Many thanks for your answer. That's a convincing explanation. Only how often do we use joke as a verb in this other sense and how often do we simply make a joke.
Jul
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comment *Joking* used in continuous form
yes thanks again, specifically a habit/state/character in the past.
Jul
8
comment *Joking* used in continuous form
sorry...thats a little easier to explain, in that we do not want to focus on that process but the decision, as you say. Perhaps you could say the joking was a "background action". But its not convincing to me.
Jul
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comment *Joking* used in continuous form
But in terms of grammar I am a little confused. Would we ever write "She didn't joke". Why not "they were painting the room"
Jul
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comment *Joking* used in continuous form
Thanks but: Madonna was staying in a Hotel. She asked for a different colour room. "She wasn't joking and they painted the room." What is the most concise explanation for why joking is -ing and painted -ed?? thank you.
Jul
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comment *Joking* used in continuous form
thanks, but why do we not normally use the past/present simple? "I joke" "She didn't joke".