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The phrase 'I am familiar with' (brand/style/speech/opinion) etc doesn't seem to follow the tense/verb rules. It appears to start off with present continuous but it doesn't use a present participle (ing) so I'm doing a lot of headscratching...and staring blankly...can anyone help please? (Soon...I need to explain to a student!!) Thanks.

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    Familiar is an adjective, extended to what one is familiar with. "I am familiar with London" has the same structure as "I am tired" (or even "I am tired of London"). It's simple present tense. – Andrew Leach Jul 21 '17 at 16:08
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    The presence of an auxiliary verb am is not a mark of the continuous; the continuous requires be, but so does the passive, and so do predicate nouns and predicate adjectives. The mark of the continuous is be plus the active participle (-ing form); if be is followed by something else, it's not the continuous. – John Lawler Jul 21 '17 at 16:12

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