That building ___________ so good after the government cutbacks.

a. isn't looking
b. doesn't look

Are they both correct?
If so, are there any differences in meaning?
If possible, could you show me some other sentences?

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"Doesn't look" so good is correct.

"Isn't looking" might be used in certain contexts, but there is no indication in the isolated example sentence that shows that the progressive is called for.

On Google, there are 757 examples of "building doesn't look," like these:

"¢ ...said, that building doesn't look straight. So I'm standing there. I'm looking at the building. It didn't look right, but, well, we'll go in, we'll see. " ...

"¢ But "green" building doesn't look any different than conventional modern construction. You can't easily distinguish a "green" structure from any other ... -

"¢ If you get far enough away and sort of squint, the Fontius Building doesn't look all that bad: But let's take a closer look. First, the front entrance: ...

"Building isn't looking" has only nine examples, like these, but these are correct, too.

"¢ The parking lot belongs to this property owner, and this building isn't looking well kept either. What's the deal? Posted by J.P. at 9/02/2006 ... -

"¢ The sketch looks nice, and actually the building isn't looking too bad, but I'm not sure how it's ever going to look like the sketch: ...

The examples above of "building isn't looking" could also be correctly stated as "building doesn't look." However, using "look," a linking verb, in the progressive is an example of perceiving the verb "look" as a new or temporary state.

The Grammar Exchange has recently had some discussions on this topic at

While "look" is a verb not usually appearing in the progressive form, we can see that "look" can be used in the progressive when it has a special meaning of being new or temporary.


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