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Hi,

I have a question, I hope not a silly one.
"Where is she now?" Is it a present continuous or present simple question? If it's a present simple, then why do we use simple present to talk about something happening now? Aren't we supposed to use present continuous?

Thanks for any reply.

Liya
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lawn2llawn2Where is she now?
It has no verb with -ing so there can't be a continuous tense in that sentence.

CJ
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It is a present simple question.

"to be" is a stative verb and it doesn't take the continuous form in this case (it describes a state that is not continuously changing).
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"where is she?" is asking about a changing situation (or temporary), right? Why do we use present simple then?

Why not "she is being in the office" instead of "she is in the office"?
There are three main uses of the verb "to be" that I can think of right now:

1) the existential "to be":
Where is she? She is in the kitchen.
In this case "to be" means "to exist in or occupy a certain place". It does not take the progressive form when used in this sense.

2) the linking "to be":
He is tall. She is pretty.
Here "to be" describes (but certainly isn't limited to describing) someone's (or something's) external appearance or someone's permanent personality traits. It does not take the progressive form when used with this meaning.

3) the auxiliary "to be":
What is he doing? He is running.
In the above sentences, "to be" is an auxiliary verb and is used to form a progressive tense.

I can tell you are being sarcastic.
Here we have the auxiliary "to be" ("are") and the continuous form of "to be" ("being"). The sentence describes a temporary state, someone is clearly trying to be sarcastic at the moment but /s/he is not a sarcastic person by nature.
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thank you so much. It helps a lot Emotion: smile