1. You are a cry boy now.
  2. You are a crying boy now.

What does the each sentence mean? When would you choose each form to mean what?

  • 4
    There's the idiomatic crybaby (or cry-baby, but not usually written as two completely separate words), used to mean a person, especially a child, who cries readily for very little reason. But cryboy, cry-boy has no currency. Your second suggestion is grammatically valid, but not something native speakers would normally say. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica May 30 '15 at 15:52

The first is incorrect. You wouldn't hear someone say "cry boy". You can say "cry baby". This is a slightly rude (but not vulgar) way to say that someone is overly emotional and dramatic, and that they cry a lot.

The second sentence is correct. It means "you are a boy that is crying right now." However, you wouldn't hear people say it very often. There's not really any reason to tell a boy that is crying that he is a a boy that is crying. I'm sure he already knows.

  • Saying crybaby to a small child is OK, but for older children (say by school age) and outside of the family can be considered cruel and often occurs related to bullying. – user3169 May 30 '15 at 17:20

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.