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Ivan Fadeev
Posted: Monday, November 22, 2021 12:48:30 AM

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Do you see how she was deceiving herself about her smoking habit?

Is it OK to use "deceive" in the continuous form?
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, November 22, 2021 1:09:20 AM

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Yes.
The continuous (progressive) form tends to be used to show a period of time with a beginning and an end.
I don't know the context here, but it gives the impression that I saw her for a specific period and during that time she was deceiving herself.
She may have deceived herself before that and after it, too. But during THAT time, she was deceiving herself.
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