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Hello everybody,

I have a question concerning the following sentences... Which one is correct or can you say both? (I know that for a description of pictures you normally use the continuous for actions (In the picture she is talking to friends..., But what about verbs like sit, stand etc., aren't they more like stative verbs?)

In the picture she lies on the bed.

In the picture she is lying on the bed.

In the picture he stands in the background.

In the picture he is standing in the background.
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Hi,

I have a question concerning the following sentences... Which one is correct or can you say both? (I know that for a description of pictures you normally use the continuous for actions (In the picture she is talking to friends..., But what about verbs like sit, stand etc., aren't they more like stative verbs?)

In the picture she lies on the bed.

In the picture she is lying on the bed.

In the picture he stands in the background.

In the picture he is standing in the background.

Continuous is norrmally used in these examples.

The simple tense is not wrong. But if you say 'In the picture, Tom stands in the background', I will think 'Hmmmm, why did he use that uncommon tense?' It makes it sound a bit like Tom is standing in the background deliberately for some reason. Perhaps he is a criminal who does not want his picture seen?

Clive
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Thank you very much... you helped me a lot!!!