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Post by Rustamsher » Sat Dec 16, 2017 11:44 am

Hi, Alan

Has the verb 'understand' become 'non-stative'? On another language forum an American English teacher wrote that the question 'Are you understanding?' is perfectly correct English. What is the difference between 'Are you understanding me?' and the standard question 'do you understand me?' Is the first one more conversational (in AmE)?

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Re: Understand

Post by Alan » Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:11 am

Yes, this dynamic use of 'understand' is generally confined to informal AmE.