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Is it wrong to say:

"He occupies the bathroom, so I cannot come in"

I heard the phrase:

"The bathroom is occupied, so I cannot come in."

So I wondered if I also can say it the other way.

Thank you

  • For most verbs, a "simple present" denotes either timeless or habitual action: use the "present continuous" for an activity happening at this moment. – Colin Fine Jul 3 '19 at 9:56
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It's not wrong, but it is not a usual usage. Firstly, because the bathroom is being used for some significant time period, "he is occupying the bathroom" would be better. But this too sounds unnatural. Common-use expressions might be:

"The bathroom is occupied, so...."

"He is using the bathroom, so..."

"Fred is in the bathroom, so..."

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