EnglishClub
Home Learn English Teach English MyEnglishClub

Please note that these ESL Forums are NOT part of MyEnglishClub. To post at these ESL Forums please register ↑ first.


A present perfect progressive

English grammar help. Grammar questions from ESL learners

Moderator: Alan

A present perfect progressive

Postby pdh0224 » Fri Oct 22, 2004 8:16 am

Dear teacher,

Dates, filling and nutritious, are especially good to help you fast, said Mr. Moustapha, who invites anyone in his shop at sunset to join him in the back kitchen, where he offers dates, along with milk and tea. Together they say prayers before sharing a soup that he has bubbling on his back burner.

Q : I think the bold part is odd because I believe the tense of the sentence is a present perfect progressive. I think "he has being bubbling (a soup) on his back burner" is a right sentence. If "bubbling" is just an adjective, "he has bubbling (a soup) , S + V + Adj + article + Noun, is an odd structure. What do you think?


All the best,
pdh0224
Gold Member
 
Posts: 472
Joined: Sun Feb 22, 2004 5:02 am

Postby Alan » Sat Oct 23, 2004 3:45 am

No, there's nothing at all odd about it: it's a simple sequence of essentially unrelated phrases: (1) relative clause 'which he has' followed by (2) 'bubbling', a present participle referring back (via 'which') to 'soup'.
User avatar
Alan
EC Teacher
EC Teacher
 
Posts: 12004
Joined: Mon Dec 29, 2003 7:56 pm
Location: Japan
Status: English Teacher


Return to Grammar Help

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 11 guests