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Why blossom instead of blossoming?

ml2000

ml2000Super Member!

Canada

In one of the previous lesson, it says “You could have an idea blossom out of nowhere”. Why using “blossom” instead of “blossoming” ?

08:44 PM Apr 06 2018 |

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Teacher AmySuper Member!

United States

Hi, 



Great question! Both are actually correct English sentences, but one is more specific than the other.



Very general: “You could have an idea blossom out of nowhere.”


- Here we are generalizing about any situation in which an idea grows in one’s head. 


- Another simple example: “ The cat runs around the house.” (This could mean at any general time.)



More specific: “You could have an idea blossoming out of nowhere.”


- This sentence is a little more active because of the progressive tense and just a little more connected to the present moment.


- Another simple example: “ The cat is running around the house.” (This means that the action is happening in the present.)



I hope this helps!



Best,



Amy

11:22 AM Apr 10 2018 |