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Sep 9, 2017, 10:54 PM

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present progressive/continiou

I have a a question about an example in case of using present progressive.
The first examples are pretty clear:
1. She is reading a book.
2. She is writing a letter.
Both are matching the explication quite well.
3. She is closing the door.
I was surprised that this shall be the correct form of the sentence. Cause, close a door is not an act like reading or writing. Except we construct a situation so the act to close this f. door means a lot of different keys, a combinations of numbers, yeah, but then we could each act construct till it match what progressive requires.

Thanks in advance, Jose

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Sep 15, 2017, 3:33 PM

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Re: [JoseBrinkhaus] present progressive/continiou


The three sentences are correct. Everything depends on the situation. It is true that closing a door is something that does not take much time as a general rule.

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Sep 16, 2017, 9:08 PM

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Re: [Mike] present progressive/continiou

It is true that closing a door is something that does not take much time as a general rule.

yeah, thats why I would say it doesnt mact present continue. Something goes on, something continues, soemeone is sitting in his chair and is reading a book, or writting a letter.

Maybe about "closing the door" we can say each sience has its battelfields. where all the dieffrent schools around the world have diefferent answers?

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Sep 17, 2017, 9:08 PM

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Re: [JoseBrinkhaus] present progressive/continiou

An example follows:
When lightning struck her, she was closing a door. (past continuous)
The door is jammed, and my father is closing it.

(Aquest missatge va ser editat per Mike el dia Sep 17, 2017, 9:24 PM)