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sri
Posted: Sunday, June 26, 2011 6:56:11 AM
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Hi Friends,

Could you please explain the difference between of amusing and of being amusing in the following two sentences.

The quality of amusing ,The quality of being amusing.


A lot of thanks up front.
songbird6
Posted: Sunday, June 26, 2011 8:30:37 AM
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To be amusing, people find something agreeable or entertaining about what you say or do. The quality "of amusing" is a generality and not specifically related to you. It refers to the generally accepted characteristic of what is 'amusing' to most anyone.
Romany
Posted: Sunday, June 26, 2011 8:36:11 AM
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The quality of amusing people relies upon external stimuli: e.g. one can amuse people by being a puppeteer, a juggler, doing card tricks or showing holiday videos(!). It is the skill and/or materials one has learned to use that fascinates people.

The quality of being amusing is a personal attribute: one is a funny person with the intrinsic or built-in ability to make people laugh or smile.

Strictly speaking however "amuse" in the first instance does not necessarily mean that people shriek with mirth at one's efforts( e.g. at a card tricks, or juggling feats) - it is more a question of gaining peoples attention in a light way.
Hlophe
Posted: Sunday, June 26, 2011 11:23:49 AM
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being amusing = being funny (ha ha)
amusing (oneself) has to do with finding things to do that pass the time. "He amused himself with card tricks while he awaited the arrival of his friends."
Bashou
Posted: Sunday, June 26, 2011 12:18:41 PM
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I think the difference between be amusing and being amusing is just the same as in case of be stupid and being stupid.

you are stupid is a general statement
you are being stupid = you are acting supidly right now

In case of sick:
He is being sick = he is vomiting
he is sick= he is ill
mr.sv
Posted: Sunday, June 26, 2011 12:48:13 PM
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I think 'the quality of amusing' is said in a relative sense i,e.
whether the subject is amusing depends upon the individual.

On the other hand, 'the quality of being amusing' talks about the
charm of the subject exclusively.
excaelis
Posted: Sunday, June 26, 2011 1:08:51 PM

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The first would seem to carry the sense of pleasantly diverting people, whereas the second is more concerned with the ability to provoke merriment. But I could be wrong.
sri
Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 2:24:11 AM
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Thanks to every one .
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