You are doing fine.

This sentence is from The Last Leaf. What is the case of doing in this sentence? Is it an emphatic do? I found that do, does and did are more common in "emphatic writing".


to be doing fine is not always the same as to be fine.

That's right, one step at a time. Don't look down. You're doing fine. Keep your hands on the ladder.

Keep pedaling and look ahead, not down at your feet. You're doing fine.

You've been with the company for a year now, and you're doing fine. You can expect to be given additional responsibilities soon.

There it means to be carrying out an action in an acceptable or proper manner. It is said in encouragement.

Hello, Aung Thu. How are you?
-- I'm doing fine. And you?

There it means "I am well" or "things are going well for me". It is synonymous with "I'm fine".

  • Is it emphatic? – Aung Thu Sep 13 '17 at 13:35
  • In the examples I gave, no it is not. When emphatic, do will be tensed, not a non-finite form, and will be used in combination with a verb, as in "You do understand, don't you?" or "She does like poetry. You said she had no patience for it." – Tᴚoɯɐuo Sep 13 '17 at 13:44
  • I know it is an idiomatic expression. – Aung Thu Sep 13 '17 at 15:37
  • @Aung Thu: You know what is an idiomatic expression? – Tᴚoɯɐuo Sep 13 '17 at 17:23
  • :So sorry for my careless decision. I'm wrong with it. – Aung Thu Sep 14 '17 at 1:51

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