well behaved x well behaving

duden

Senior Member
Slovak
Hi,
when a pupil behaves well, do you call him
"a well behaving pupil" or "a well behaved pupil"?
Thanks
 
  • AWordLover

    Senior Member
    USA English
    For a child to be well behaved, carries the sense that his good behavior is typical and habitual. (This is likely the result of the child having received a good upbringing from his parents. :))

    Behaving well describes what the child is doing now or recently. Although Jimmy is a terror and is not very well behaved, he has been behaving well throughout today.
     
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