We say things like "I'm not seeing anything," sometimes. It's not quite grammatical, and it may be US-specific, but people will say it to indicate that they're a little unsure, or that the situation is temporary. It implies things like, "I don't see it, but I'm still looking," or "I don't see it, but I believe it's there."
For example: my husband sees a strange bird outside, and he's trying to point it out to me, but I can't tell where he's pointing and I don't see the bird. I'd probably say, "I'm not seeing it," to indicate that I don't see it YET, but am still looking for it. ("I don't see it," is the more correct construction, but that can sound a little final, unless I add further clarification.)
Anyway, I'm not sure if the "I'm not seeing..." construction is correct enough to be used on Duolingo, but if you hear Americans saying it and wonder why, that's the reason.
You gave a beautiful description of language adaptation in real life. Thank you for that!
Boring rules both in the US and UK though state that it is incorrect usage just like "bad food/bad language: McDonalds/I'm lovin' it".
If you are seeing someone, you are dating him, if you just see someone, well, you might still end up seeing him. ;-)
Happy learning and thanks again for the insight!
I'm English and "I'm not seeing anything" is also correct certainly in spoken english. Imagine someone shows you an optical illusion that you have to stare at. That's when we can say "I'm not seeing anything" if you really are unable to "get" the illusion. Or if you are on a conference call where a colleague shares the screen and you are waiting for his screen to show on yours. So it is NOT wrong in spoken English. :) I asked for it to be added
Don't know if you're still practicing Turkish, but the problem with your answer isn't so much a matter of your use of tense (although a phrase such as this would be rare for anyone who isn't a detective, molecular scientist, or surgeon) but more a matter of how the inclusion of that single letter "m" in the verb (görmüyorum) requires that the verb be negated. You probably recognized that fact and were thinking that a phrase such as "hiçbir şey" might allow for some freedom in translation, but it's been my experience thus far with Turkish that the verb must be negated when the negation suffix has been added to it.
It has also been my experience that most of the time, it is best to go with a more literal translation in these duolingo lessons (and for good reason). That said, I get the impression you were less interested in getting a "correct" answer and more interested in knowing whether or not your answer could be considered correct in general. After all, how much of a difference is there really between
I do not see anything. (the correct answer)
I am not seeing anything. (My answer and yes, it was marked incorrect, but I reported it because I think it should be considered an acceptable answer.)
I am seeing nothing. (your answer/suggestion)
Quite frankly, very little, if any.
Regardless, I hope that was helpful in some way to you or whoever else might stumble upon this post.
"I am not seeing anything" is not correct English.
"I am not seeing anyone" has the meaning "I am not dating anyone". "I do not see anything/anyone" is the only correct way because to see is a stative verb. It describes the state of you being able to either see something or not to see anything. But there is no ongoing action, so no continous -ing form. When in doubt check the internet for "stative verb comprehensive".
Many thx for your detailed answer!
Yes, I am speaking Turkish daily because it is my mother tongue. However, as I have been born in Germany, I might not be that good in writing it. Anyway, sometimes I regret to know four languages (three of them fluently and soon another one), but in the same time I am aware, that I have neglected my native tongue for years now:)
Therefore, I am asking frequently because I have to sync my language skills. In the same time, I try to give a gracefully feedback to improve this course. I hope that my question won't annoy any helping hands around me :) If so, I ask you just to ignore my questions.
I kind of suspected that Turkish was your native language, so part of me thought replying to you might be a bit strange (or worse, come off as presumptuous). Not really sure what made me think that. Maybe it is because I've read your posts and perhaps they have been written in such a way that indicates you know more than the average owl.
It is why I follow you, though I don't check my "Activity" all that often. When I do take the time to see what others are posting, I discover that duolingo users across the languages are posting some really helpful bits of information. The questions, also, are sometimes helpful because they either are a question others have had, too, or they raise a point some hadn't even thought to ask.
Whether it's a questions or a contribution, if it has the potential to help someone somewhere, it's worthwhile. So, I don't think you're annoying anyone with your questions or your posts. People probably appreciate them more than you know.
I am not seeing anything, is perfectly correct Engish and means the same as I do not see anything, it would be used in the context of looking for something vaguely of a sort and not finding anything even remotely like it; e.g. Friend: "can you look in the toolbox for something heavy to hit this with". Me, (on looking inside said toolbox): "Hmmm, I'm not seeing anything". It may be a regional colloquialism, but this, for me, would be a much more natural response than "I don't see anything", although both are correct.