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Hi, Deepcosmos,

In the thread you quoted you asked:

I'm happy to be helping you.
~ I'm happy that I am helping you.

Is above "am helping" close either to "am about to help"(near future) or "present progressive"?

"To be helping" expresses a current, not a future action.

Hello, Gustavo, appreciate your reply.

And then, can I say, "I'm happy helping you." instead of "I'm happy to be helping you."? If this isn't idiomatic one to your ear, what is the difference?

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@deepcosmos posted:

And then, can I say, "I'm happy helping you." instead of "I'm happy to be helping you."? If this isn't idiomatic one to your ear, what is the difference?

Both are correct. Grammatically, in:

- I'm happy helping you.

"helping you" is an adverbial that indicates the time or manner in which "I" feels happiness. Notice you can place it in front position:

- Helping you, I'm happy.

In:

- I'm happy to be helping you.

"to be helping you" complementizes "happy" and seems to me to express the reason for "I"'s happiness.

Both are correct. Grammatically, in:

- I'm happy helping you.

"helping you" is an adverbial that indicates the time or manner in which "I" feels happiness. Notice you can place it in front position:

- Helping you, I'm happy.

In:

- I'm happy to be helping you.

"to be helping you" complementizes "happy" and seems to me to express the reason for "I"'s happiness.

Hi, Gustavo, thanks a million.

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