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dev_sircar
Posted: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 12:22:27 AM

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Which one is more appropriate : Dancing
the contempt is still continuing" or “the contempt is continuing” ?
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Posted: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 12:44:52 AM

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Still together with continuing is a bit redundant. I would go with "the contempt is continuing" (I would rephrase it as "the contempt continues" too, but that's just a style choice).
srirr
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dev_sircar wrote:
Which one is more appropriate : Dancing
the contempt is still continuing" or “the contempt is continuing” ?


As Mark said, still is redundant or superfluous when used with continuing.

But I feel the use has relevance in some case. Consider the following instance:


(Assume a petition is under hearing)
A(at 10.00 am): What is the status of contempt?
B: It is continuing.

A(at 11.30 am): What is the staus now?
B: It is still continuing.


I feel that if the statement is made in continuation to some previous statement, "still" can be used. However for the independent statements, "still" is superfluous (in this example).

But I personally feel that "It continues" sounds better than "It is continuing."
kisholoy mukherjee
Posted: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 1:29:54 AM
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Don't you think the sentence sounds a bit odd? I would prefer 'the contempt is still there' or perhaps I am missing something.
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To whom does the contempt belong to, who is it being directed at?

Is this a legal term for a comtempt case or an ongoing result of comtempt.
dev_sircar
Posted: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 5:09:54 AM

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I think there is merit in what srirr said.

Often enough the advocate draws the Court’s attention, through a petition, to a continuing contempt after the contemnor/contemner [both spellings are in use] has received the Court’s order but not acted on it.

When the petition is taken up for heaing and the Court enquires about the current status, the advocate replies that the contempt is still continuing – may be, another advocate might have preferred to say that the contempt continues.
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Posted: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 8:59:10 AM
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Contempt is a perception. An '-ing' form is generally avoided with perceptionals like taste, see, touch, smell and think. So 'the contempt continuous' is preferred. The adverb 'still', as Srirr and dev_sircar opined, befits at times.

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sunshine
Posted: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 9:48:27 AM
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I prefer "The contempt continues".
"..still continues" sounds a bit double-knitted. But if you after a while realize that conditions have not changed at all it should be perfectly right to say "The contempt still continues." by strongly putting emphasis on 'still'.
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What a bizarre topic!!!
RuthP
Posted: Friday, June 11, 2010 10:06:24 AM

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srirr wrote:
dev_sircar wrote:
Which one is more appropriate : Dancing
the contempt is still continuing" or “the contempt is continuing” ?


As Mark said, still is redundant or superfluous when used with continuing.

But I feel the use has relevance in some case. Consider the following instance:


(Assume a petition is under hearing)
A(at 10.00 am): What is the status of contempt?
B: It is continuing.

A(at 11.30 am): What is the staus now?
B: It is still continuing.


I feel that if the statement is made in continuation to some previous statement, "still" can be used. However for the independent statements, "still" is superfluous (in this example).

But I personally feel that "It continues" sounds better than "It is continuing."

Ah, ah, I get it!

The difference is that instead of saying "contempt" in this case, we would say "contempt proceeding" or "contempt appeal" or some other appropriate term (I am not well-versed in law) as a name for the process.

In that case, "The contempt hearing is still proceeding" might be used in a couple of cases: If the speaker were indicating some degree of surprise or annoyance the proceeding had not finished; If the speaker were explaining why something else wasn't being done, or why people hadn't left, that sort of thing.

If one were simply stating the fact that the hearing / proceeding was happening, then I agree with Mark, one would normally say "The contempt hearing is proceeding (now)."
TailorU
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krmiller
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If I read the sentence "The contempt is still continuing" I would think that this contempt had been going on for a long time. However, contempt is an attitude more than an action, so I would also think it was a strange sentence.
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