"I am still believing..."

James Harbeck jharbeck at SYMPATICO.CA
Wed Feb 6 03:43:13 UTC 2008

I think it's part of a larger trend to put mental state verbs in the
present progressive. I remember "I'm not liking this little boy" from
a play back in the late '80s or early '90s, and "I'm liking X" or
"I'm not liking X" has caught on fairly well, as, certainly, have
"I'm loving X" and, of course, "I'm thinking X".

"I'm beliving" gets 53,500 Google hits and "I'm still believing" gets
12,200. I'm thinking we'll be having to be getting used to this.

James Harbeck.

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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