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1) 'got to be' instead of 'are'

You got to be kidding me

INSTEAD OF

You are kidding me

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2) 'bare to be + gerund' instead of 'bare infinitive'

We can't be cutting corners anymore

INSTEAD OF

We can't cut corners anymore

Question:

Why the 'to be' verb is used in these sentences?

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You've got to be kidding me

is more the hypothetical question of whether or not you're kidding me, "got to be" is an emphasizer, whereas

You are kidding me.

is a certain statement whereas the hypothetical equivalent would be

You are kidding me, aren't you?
Are you kidding me?

In your second sentences

We can't cut corners anymore

is a statement of fact, a change in policy and practice, whereas

We can't be cutting corners anymore

has more the feeling that cutting corners can not be considered a thing to do anymore

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