I know there"s little difference in meaning between the two structures: continue lớn vì chưng or continue doing. I came across the suggestion we normally use continue khổng lồ when we are talking about a state, as opposed to an action. Is this correct or would the diffence be another one? Thank you

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Yes, according khổng lồ my grammar book continue + ing is used for the continuation of an activity and continue + infinitive is used for a change lớn a new activity.

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Ex : She went on talking about her illness for hours. Then she went on lớn talk about her other problems. Any other explanations?
Hmmm? My first example I thought of was "She continued lớn ignore me." which goes against the current idea that continue + infinitive is used for a change to lớn a new activity i"ll try to think of some other examples and get back on this ...

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I"m confused.

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Doesn"t continue mean "to lớn vì chưng the same thing" ie not change activity? The very idea of using the verb continue lớn indicate a change in activity seems a bit odd to lớn me. In Mark"s example he correctly states "She continued to ignore me" means she was ignoring me, and then carried on ignoring me, hence no change. I suspect, và I may be wrong (as I so often am), that there may be some confusion with "Go on", which is a synonym of continue, although with a slight but important difference. For example:Peter went on talking for most of the afternoon. ie he continued talking Following the introduction Peter went on to lớn talk about a variety of interesting subjects. ie changed argument. After cooking lunch, Mickey went on to lớn wash the floor và tidy his bedroom ie he changed activity. The teacher told the class khổng lồ be quiet but they went on talking, much lớn her annoyance. ie they continued the same activity. At least that"s how I"ve understood it. Anyone else?
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