Thursday, January 24, 2013
Items in English that May Stick. Only Time will Tell.
There are lots of really quirky things going on in English these days, and I have a hunch that some of them will become standard parts of the language as time goes by simply because they’re so commonly heard and read. So when will we be teaching them? That’s an interesting question. I wonder what your take on this is.
At any rate, here are just a few examples I’ve noted over quite some time. And remember that all of these examples come from educated native speakers:
- Change in Stative Verbs
Many stative verbs, which are traditionally used only in the simple forms of the tenses and aspects, are now being used in the progressive form more and more often, perhaps signaling a significant change in this area of grammar:
- It’s close to the end of the game, so for sure they’re not wanting their opponents to get any more points.
- We weren’t believing any of what he was claiming.
- The kids are loving their new board game. Look how into it they are.
- She’s having to look for a second job now to make ends meet.
- What they’re needing is more money for a down payment.
- I guess I just wasn’t understanding where you were going with that story.
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