I posted a question today about "Have to / having to?"
and I used the verb "find" in the progressive.
: I'm finding more and more that "having to" is also used instead of "have to".
Someone comments it's a "recency illusion" or a stereotypical characteristic of Indian English.
I'm not a native speaker of English, and I never have been in touch with Indian a bit.
I've been reading about stative verbs in the progressive
and I've seen and heard them not a few times in movies, dramas, novels, games, grammars,
most of which are put out in the U.S.A. or the U.K.,
so I thought it would be OK to use the special progressive use in proper contexts,
but now I think I'm missing something important, and I'm confused a lot.
If you know what it is, please tell me about it with good explanations and examples.
Now I'm going to show you some of the examples of the progressive with stative verbs
that I've been collecting on my own for two years or so,
(quite a few of them from grammars, some from dramas, novels and stuff...)
and I want to know you native speakers' opinions on that.
If your views on the usage diverge a lot, I'm going to have to think about which side I'm on,
and one of the two is preferred over the other, then I'll follow it.
- It’s mattering more and more which university you get your degree at.
- She is not finding London totally easy.
- I’m finding (=discovering, realizing) that his problem is more complicated than I had expected.
- No, I’m sort of thinking that I’d like to try a bit higher level heel, anyway.
- I’m thinking that we should pay a short visit to Clara.
- One night in the middle of the night, I'm hearing dripping.
- How are you liking your new job?
- I was quite liking the performance until the first interval.
- Tim, are you wanting any fruit?
- It sounds that you're wanting to take care of yourself physically as well.
- The only thing I'm lacking is a wardrobe.
- He’s forgetting his French faster and faster.
- I'm already forgetting what I was taught this morning.
- You're forgetting that our resources are not unlimited.
- I’m forgetting that I promised to visit Smith this evening.
- The river is smelling particularly bad today.
- My scarf is no longer smelling of lavender.
- She’s looking much stronger this week.
- You’re looking more like a sleep dog than most sleep dogs.
- He’s looking worse and worse by the minute.
- Your soup is tasting better every day.
- That example is sounding less and less acceptable with each repetition.
※. What I'm asking you is as follows:
1. the validity of the expression "I'm finding more and more that..." in the context of the original post
2. whether or not stative verbs in the progressive is widely acceptable
and questions about your opinions on that
(As I already said, if most of you reject the usage like the examples, then I should avoid it.
If most of you welcome it, I'll keep on with it.)