Lesson 1 - Grammar - PEOPLE - Page3
Some of these verbs have continuous forms but for their different meanings. When you say “You look great!” you talk about a state and the verb is not used in a continuous form. But when you say, “I’m looking at a timetable now” you talk about an action and you can use it in present continuous if it’s happening now. In Polish there are usually different verbs expressing those different meanings.
The verb to be can be used in present continuous to express a temporary characteristic. Look at the following examples:
You are selfish.
Unfortunately this is your general characteristic.
You are being selfish!
You are behaving in a selfish way now but hopefully it is only temporary :)