present progressive

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sandaraqz

Senior Member
Javanese
I'm just wondering what the present progressive shows in the following sentence? Temporary action or habitual?

You don't need to be making yourself sick.
I'm supposed to be doing my homework.
 
  • owlman5

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    English-US
    These should imply temporary action, sandaraqz.

    If I wanted to express habitual action in the first example, I would add a phrase like "all the time": You don't need to be making yourself sick all the time.

    I wouldn't use this structure to express habitual action in the second sentence. Instead, I'd use this: I'm always supposed to do my homework. Or: I always have to do my homework. My parents never give me a break.
     
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