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?


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 '15 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 '15 at 15:14

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