Use of stative verbs or progressive imperfect tense.
In one area, servers ask, "how's everything tasting"? This bothers me, as I think they should not use that verb in that way. Please help!
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Your concern about "using that verb that way" is actually an inaccurate observation since "tasting" is no longer a verb.
DON'T GET IT?
"is" is your verb
"everything" is your complement
DON'T BELIEVE IT?
"How is everything?" is a complete sentence
"tasting" is actually a present participle being used as an adjective to modify the indefinite pronoun "everything"
WHY WOULD WE MODIFY "EVERYTHING"?
Because it is an INDEFINITE pronoun and the adjective "tasting" gives DEFINITENESS to "everything"
There are a billion trillion million participles you could have used (HYPERBOLE!) and, no, there is nothing wrong with "tasting" clarifying 'everything'.
"How is everything going?"
"How is everyone doing?"
"How is everything hanging?" Say it to dudes, brah. Socially inappropriate for girls, brah.
And so on
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