There is a heated discussion on environmental issues. How green are the gang?

Written by Chris Rose.

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There is a sentence that Johnny said " I’m not cycling. It’s tiring, and dangerous!" , I don't understand he uses the present-continuous. It is not correct that says "I don't ride a bike." ?

Hello jhen,

This sentence looks like it has a present continuous verb form but it is in fact just an example of the verb be followed by an adjective:

It's nice [nice is an adjective]

This is a nice meal [nice is an adjective]

It's tiring [tiring is an adjective]

This is a tiring ride [tiring is an adjective]

I'm tired [tired is an adjective]

Paul is a tired man now! [tired is an adjective]

 

Participles such as tiring (a present participle) and tired (a past participle) can be used as adjectives and then the construction looks like a present continuous or a passive form. The context tells us that it is simply an adjective, however.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

thanks, Peter M.
but I want to ask the sentence "I'm not cycling.", is cycling also adjective?

Hello jhen,

I see. I saw 'tiring' and answered about that.

In the sentence I'm not cycling the word cycling is part of the present continuous verb form [be + verbing], so it is not an adjective.

Johnny is talking about the future. There are several forms he could use:

I won't cycle! [a decision made at the time of speaking]

I'm not going to cycle! [an intention]

I'm not cycling! [a very firm intention which cannot be changed]

 

The present simple here (I don't cycle) would have a different meaning. It would mean that Johnny generally does not cycle rather than telling us something about this particular time.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello averyone, this is my first comment here!
in this postcaste, i don´t understand very well what mean this sentence " i guess this café will have to do for now" what want to mean with will have to do? what have to do?
thank overtake,
please could you correct me my mistakes?

Hello Cocacolum,

Welcome to LearnEnglish! When we say 'it will have to do' we mean that something is not perfect but it must be good enough because we have nothing better. For example, if I want to buy myself a new car but I do not have enough money then I might say 'I have a very old car at the moment but it will have to do because I can't afford a new one'.

I hope that clarifies it for you.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

hello in the exercice I put Tube for metro subway The answer is false why ?
i like very much the series there were very funny and it's easier to understand than a more longer text
many thanks
Cabrinette

Hello cabrinette,

'tube' is informal, but it is also correct. The other words are a bit more universal, but it's very good that you know and understand 'tube' as well.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you very much

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