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A student of mine wrote the following in an essay about social media:

In the last years, it shows that people who isshowing theirbodies are gettingmost likes, that is one thing, but it shows that the skinny people who isposting their bodies on the social media, are getting more likes then the overweight people who is doing the same.

Apart from the obvious concord errors, you can see that the student uses the present continuous five times in this sentence, and to me that seems wrong. However, I find it a bit difficult to explain exactly what is wrong and how this sentence could be improved. Could someone please help?

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Hi, EngTeach,

@EngTeach posted:

A student of mine wrote the following in an essay about social media:

In the last years, it shows that people who is showing their bodies are getting most likes, that is one thing, but it shows that the skinny people who is posting their bodies on the social media, are getting more likes then the overweight people who is doing the same.

I'd use the present simple instead of the present continuous. I don't think the use of the progressive is justified.

There are many mistakes, not only of agreement but also of a punctuational, grammatical and lexical kind. However, according to our Guideline 2, we are not expected to improve a given passage but just to answer some specific points of grammar we may be asked about, like the choice of tense, in your case.

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