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Jigneshbharati
Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 10:32:56 AM
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Good medical practice describes what it means to be a good doctor.

It says that as a good doctor you will:
•make the care of your patient your first concern
•be competent and keep your professional knowledge and skills up to date
•take prompt action if you think patient safety is being compromised
•https://www.gmc-uk.org/ethical-guidance/ethical-guidance-for-doctors/good-medical-practice

•please explain the use of "is being compromised vs is compromised". I thought it's a general statement.

•is it a present progressive passive?
thar
Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 11:26:08 AM

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So why might you think they have chosen the progressive?

What meaning does that add?

What is different about this particular instruction from the others?

take prompt action if you think patient safety is being compromised




What is the difference between
Take prompt action if the patient is dead
And
Take prompt action if the patient is dying
?


Why might the difference between 'compromised' and 'being compromised' be important?


You are right, it could say 'is compromised' - but what meaning dies the progressive aspect add?
Jigneshbharati
Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 11:39:23 AM
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Thanks. I am really confused but I can guess on the basis of past explanation:

We use present simple for habits, routines and general truth
but
if we want to focus "now"- what is happening or on going situation we use progressive aspect
we also use it for temporary situation and
fixed plan for the future.
out of the above three scenarios, I think "something happening now or on going could fit the example the best.
please verify my understanding
leonAzul
Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 12:54:42 PM

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Jigneshbharati wrote:
Thanks. I am really confused but I can guess on the basis of past explanation:

We use present simple for habits, routines and general truth
but
if we want to focus "now"- what is happening or on going situation we use progressive aspect
we also use it for temporary situation and
fixed plan for the future.
out of the above three scenarios, I think "something happening now or on going could fit the example the best.
please verify my understanding


Your understanding is good. A progressive aspect can be interpreted as something that is in progress. This is sometimes described as "continuous" because such events occur continuously through time rather than at a brief and specific moment.

"Make it go away, Mrs Whatsit," he whispered. "Make it go away. It's evil."
Jigneshbharati
Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 1:12:08 PM
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Thanks.
thar
Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 1:48:31 PM

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Yes.
Here the important thing is to spot the problem early and intervene when you see that something bad is happening - not when it is too late. It is action in the moment.

If patient safety is compromised, it means the situation is unsafe - the bad thing has happened. That is too late. You want to prevent that by acting promptly.


The overlap between adjective and past participle is not coincidence - often the simple passive implies a state - something has already happened.

Compare
I am shot = I have been shot, there is a bullet in me.
Vs
I am being shot at = someone is shooting at me. But there is still time to avoid the bullets.
Jigneshbharati
Posted: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 2:11:57 PM
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