What's wrong with this sentence ?

Last night ,I was being a little sleepy when my friends called me !

according to this article : FUNCTIONS OF THE PAST CONTINUOUS

to describe an unfinished action that was interrupted by another event or action, e.g. "I was having a beautiful dream when the alarm clock rang."

  • No one says I was being (a little) sleepy, because "[a]djectival predicates can be cast in the progressive if they're volitional (sense 2)"—as per this great answer by snailplane—which be a little sleepy isn't.
    – user3395
    Sep 14, 2017 at 13:58
  • I was a little sleepy when my friends called me ! ... is it correct grammatically !! Sep 14, 2017 at 14:41
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    Yes. By the way, people usually terminate sentences with periods, not exclamation marks, unless they're excited or shouting. Further, don't put a space before a punctuation mark: How are you ? should be How are you?
    – user3395
    Sep 14, 2017 at 14:53

1 Answer 1


sleepy isn't used with being. You would say

Last night, I was sleepy when my friends called me.

More details, this great answer stative vs dynamic

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