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What is the problem with 'I'm jumping twice'? I don't understand why it is wrong...

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  • Could you please add more reference to the context? Like where you saw this phrase in use. In simple words, source of the whole sentence. Nov 30, 2020 at 9:21
  • The continuous tense means that you are doing the action continuously! If you jump twice, presumably you stop after the second time. (This isn't a complete answer, I know. 'I'm jumping twice' could be a valid sentence meaning 'I intend to jump twice'.) Nov 30, 2020 at 9:28
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    He's making a list, he's checking it twice... Your usage feels off because the present continuous tense in its base usage describes what you're doing at this specific moment, and it's not really possible to eg. jump twice at the same point in time. But other uses of Present Continuous, or loosening the definition of a "specific moment" can allow this construction. Nov 30, 2020 at 9:44

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The only context that comes to mind is this...

I'm Bungee jumping and the instructor says to me:"Sorry mate, you can only jump once", Informally I would reply, "no, I'm jumping twice!", I do not know if it's grammatically correct but I believe it is possible.

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  • Yes, it can be a valid usage, as I noted in my comment above. Nov 30, 2020 at 13:15

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