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20 June 2022 — Is Being

 

What does is being express in this sentence?

 

Judge sitting in his office using his laptop.

Mr. Bourne is supposed to appear in court today, but he is being stubborn.

 

Select one or more changes.
 

1.

Mr. Bourne is supposed to testify in court today, but he is temporarily stubborn.

2.

Mr. Bourne is supposed to testify in court today, but he is stubborn.

3.

Mr. Bourne is supposed to testify in court today, but he is behaving stubbornly.

 

GLOSSARY

  • ascriptive "be" – also called descriptive be, equates a quality with the subject noun. He is tall. Be: Identify vs. Describe.
  • dynamic "be" – Occasionally, be has a dynamic meaning. As a lexical verb it means do, act, behave, think or achieve. Take action to change. With this meaning, the auxiliary do is used in negative sentences but not in questions.
  • specifying "be" – also called identifying "be", is followed by information that expresses "which one". Be: Identify vs. Describe.
  • static verbs – also called stative, linking, copular verbs, express states that exist, no action is taken. See Be. For this reason, they are mostly nonprogressive.  These verbs have relatively little meaning other than relating the subject to the complement, which is usually an adjective or participle modifier.  Some static verbs have another meaning when they are used in the progressive tense. See Static v. Dynamic Verbs.
  • stubborn (Adj) – refusing to cooperate, resistant 
  • (be) supposed (to) – is expected to follow social or legal convention (rules).

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