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Is it correct to say "It's not fitting" for clothes?

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Ahmed Mohamed 5361

Is it correct to say "It's not fitting" for clothes?

Yes. Both 'is not fitting' and 'doesn't fit' are used. Probably the more neutral form is 'doesn't fit'.

He had an expensive dress shirt that [wasn't fitting / didn't fit] the same as when he bought it.

The progressive form (-ing) may indicate a temporary condition.

CJ

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Natural English is eg It doesn't fit.

Clive

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Can someone please explain to me why 'fit' is a stative verb?

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nel0506

Can someone please explain to me why 'fit' is a stative verb?

No moving parts. When a shirt fits, it just "sits there" on the body, not participating in any kind of action. Compare with non-stative verbs like 'dance', 'jump', 'run', 'build', 'go', and 'twist', all of which involve motion.

CJ

Thank you! Someone asked about the verb "see" earlier this month. I think someone wrote that if a verb can take the -ing progressive form it is not stative. Or can they be both, depending on use.. ?

nel0506 I think someone wrote that if a verb can take the -ing progressive form it is not stative.

Not exactly. Sometimes stative verbs do take -ing in special circumstances.

Also note that when a verb which is normally stative is used as a dynamic verb, it can take -ing as a dynamic verb.

CJ

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There's a question about doubt/doubting and stative/performative verbs -- I just replied and recommended the person ask you. Awaiting your response maybe..Thanks.

Yes, I saw that.

It's preferable, however, if the forum members don't ask for help from a specific moderator if they can avoid it.

CJ

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