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Jigneshbharati
Posted: Saturday, August 10, 2019 4:11:08 AM
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"If you're being serious as a selector you can't keep Moeen Ali in the side," Chappell told Wide World of Sports.
I read the above at nine.com.au

Please explain the use of present progressive in "are being serious".
Why do we need "being"?
zhonglc2020
Posted: Saturday, August 10, 2019 4:25:01 AM
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"being" means a temporary state here. For example,
(Suppose my brother is a shop assistant.)
If I am not a shop assistant, but now I am working in place of my brother temporarily,then I am being a shop assistant.

(not a native)
Jigneshbharati
Posted: Saturday, August 10, 2019 4:32:33 AM
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Thanks. Why the present progressive (are being serious) is more appropriate than present simple in the given context?
BobShilling
Posted: Saturday, August 10, 2019 4:47:58 AM
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Jigneshbharati wrote:
Thanks. Why is the present progressive (are being serious) (is) more appropriate than present simple in the given context?



It is 'more' appropriate only if the speaker is attempting to draw attention to the temporary nature of the seriousness, in this case in considering the retention of Moeen Ali in the side.
Jigneshbharati
Posted: Saturday, August 10, 2019 4:52:16 AM
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Thanks.
NKM
Posted: Saturday, August 10, 2019 8:43:33 PM

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This is one of those situations in which "being" serves as an active verb.

Jigneshbharati
Posted: Saturday, August 10, 2019 9:05:38 PM
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