Focus on: Continuous & Continue

Take a look at the sentences below:

Would you say they’re grammatically correct or incorrect?

If you said they’re incorrect, you’ve got it right 🙂

I always find myself baffled when people start to make the same mistakes, like a virus that’s just been unleashed and it’s just a matter of time before a bunch of other people are infected. This week I’ve talked to many who used the words continuous and continue so randomly that I thought that a post on that could be well-timed.

Although both of them express the idea of continuity, continuous is an adjective which we use to qualify something that continues without interruption, whereas (to) continue is a verb, so it should be inflected according to the appropriate tense (past, present, future) and number (singular or plural). Examples:


So, is it crystal clear now?

Observe as frases abaixo:

Na sua opinião, estão gramaticalmente corretas ou incorretas?

Se você disse incorretas, acertou 🙂

Sempre fico perplexa quando vejo pessoas fazendo o mesmo erro repetidamente, como um vírus que de repente se espalha e é apenas uma questão de tempo até que milhares de outras pessoas sejam infectadas. Essa semana falei com tanta gente que usou os termos continuous e continue de qualquer jeito que me fez pensar que seria uma boa hora para postar sobre isso aqui no blog.

Tá certo que ambos expressam uma ideia de continuidade, só que continuous  (em português, “contínuo”) é um adjetivo  usado para qualificar algo que continua sem interrupção, enquanto que  (to) continue (em português, “continuar”) é um verbo e, como tal, deve ser flexionado de acordo com o tempo desejado (passado, presente ou futuro) e com o número/pessoa (singular ou plural). Exemplos:


E aí, ficou mais claro agora?



About Isabella Ferraro

English examiner, teacher and frustrated ballerina. Geek, gauche, obsessed with books, podcasts and the web. Diligent professional and blogger, tho. More info below blog's header.
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