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1.The money is owing.

2.The money is owed.

I don't understand what is difference of both sentences.

In dictionary has explained that 'Owing meaning is same like owed.' and Owing and owed is like Due meaning.

However, in my thinking owing is an active meaning but owed is a passive meaning.

Why owing and owed has same meaning like due ?

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  • Can you tell us why you think there should be a difference between the meaning of these two sentences? There are other uses of the word owing, but in your sentences the two verbs mean the same. Both uses are in the passive voice. Nov 9, 2016 at 1:38
  • @P.E.Dant Really? owing and owed have same meaning between them?, So along to your comment I want to know about why the two sentence have to be same meaning.
    – GKK
    Nov 9, 2016 at 1:41
  • Why do you believe that they should not have the same meaning? You can trust what your dictionary tells you. Nov 9, 2016 at 1:45
  • @P.E.Dant Because In my thinking owing is an active meaning but owed is a passive meaning. So, Above two sentences have to be different meaning.
    – GKK
    Nov 9, 2016 at 1:51
  • My first comment was inaccurate. In your first sentence, owing is an adjective, not a verb, and serves as the complement of the copula is. In the second, owed is the participle of owe used in a clause in the passive voice. Their meanings, meaning, though, are the same. Nov 9, 2016 at 8:12

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1.The money is owing.

Owing is not a participle as you think, it's an adjective, so it can't mean an action, it refers to a state.

2.The money is owed.

Owed is a past participle, which also refers to a state. That's why the meaning is the same.

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