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Hi.
Is Progressive same as Continuoues?

They say that progressive is used in American English while Continuoues is used in British English.

Please clarify.

Thanks

Hello Sad,

Both progressive and continuous are used interchangeably in British English. Progressive is the older, more traditional form; continuous has come into use more recently. I'm from the UK and I'm not sure about typical US usage, I'm afraid.

 

Peter

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Yes, absolutely they are the same. Don't doubt. Thanks

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Peter

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Hi.
I've got one question. Is this title correct?
'The Saint Apostle Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians'
Or:
' The Epistle of Saint Apostle to the Ephesians'.
As far as I can remember, we use possessive 's for people. But there are some cases in which we can use 'of'...
Also, I thought that I could use some synonims: disciple=apostle; epistle=letter.
Which is the appropriate title when it comes to academic writing?
Thank you.

Hi Marua,

There are different ways of referring to this book, including 'The Epistle to the Ephesians' or simply 'Ephesians'. I'm not very knowledgeable about the Bible, but when referring to Paul, what sounds natural to me is 'Saint Paul', 'Paul the Apostle' or 'the Apostle Paul' -- I think it's unusual to combine 'saint' and 'apostle' in the same title, though I may be wrong about that.

You're right in thinking that the possessive 's is usually used to refer to possessions, relationships and physical characteristics of people or animals, though we also use it with words that refer to groups of people (e.g. 'government' and countries). There are many exceptions to this rule, however, and when the noun phrases involved are complex, sometimes 'of' is used instead of 's.

In this case, I'd probably just say 'Epistle to the Ephesians', but if I wanted to include Paul, I'd probably say 'Saint Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians'.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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