The couple screenshots are taken from Riddick 2013:

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The two characters use "I'm loving", which I think is very informal. Does the present progressive tense convey any subtle nuances which the simple present tense would not?

  • Related: ell.stackexchange.com/q/13306/230
    – user230
    Nov 21, 2015 at 15:41
  • I read that before, but I still think it's somewhat different. :) @snailboat
    – Kinzle B
    Nov 21, 2015 at 15:44
  • Yeah, I guess you're right. The non-stative love here is a little different.
    – user230
    Nov 21, 2015 at 15:45

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Some state verbs such as love, like, and enjoy can be used for talking about a state that's for a short period of time. Look at the following sentences:

I love parties. (The present simple indicates a permanent state).

I am loving this party. (The present continuous indicates the state that's for a short period of time/temporary).

  • Yeah, this I know, but why would the speakers emphasize the temporariness? Does it imply they could change their mind in a while? This is a pragmatical issue, not a grammatical one.
    – Kinzle B
    Nov 22, 2015 at 0:54
  • Kinzle B, I have answered your question in terms of grammar. I am sorry I can't answer your comments.
    – Khan
    Nov 22, 2015 at 15:14

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