Present Simple, Present continuous

Present Simple

We use the present simple:

For routine or regular repeated actions

(often with adverbs of frequency like always, usually, often, sometimes, never, every Saturday morning, twice every week).

– We go running every evening.
– She doesn’t do any work at weekends.
– I never get home before eight o’clock in the evening.

When we are talking about permanent situations

– She comes from South Africa.
– They live in London.

With scientific facts

– Water freezes at 0ºC.

With stative verbs

(verbs which are not normally used in continuous forms): be, have, depend, know, think, understand, disagree, like, want, hear, love, see, smell, taste.

– They don’t have a car.
Does she understand?
– I’m sorry, but I disagree completely.
– That perfume smells too strong.

When we are talking about the future as expressed in timetables, regulations and programmes

– The plane leaves at 8.45.
– When do the holidays begin?

In time clauses with a future meaning after as soon as, if, until, when

– I’ll see her when/as soon as she’s free.
– Give this to Susie if you see her.
– Tom can’t aplly for the job until he gets the right qualifications.

Present Simple, Present continuous

Present continuous

We use the present continuous when we use dynamic (action) verbs to talk about:

Actions happening now

– I think he’s watching TV.

Changing/developing situations

– My broken leg is getting better.

Temporary situations

– I am staying in this hotel for two weeks.

Annonying or surprising habits with always

– She’s always losing her keys.
– He’s always buying her flowers.

Plans and arrangements in the future

Are you going out this evening?

Present Simple, Present continuous publicat: 2017-12-13T19:54:55+02:00, actualizat: 2017-12-13T20:04:25+02:00 by