Simple Present Or Present Progressive/Continuous

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Present simple – short forms

We normally use short forms in spoken English.

vày not = don’tdoes not = doesn’t

Present continuous – short forms

We normally use short forms in spoken English.

am not = ‘m notis not = isn’t/’s notare not = aren’t/’re not

Present simple vs present continuous – use


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Present simple use

Habits or situations that happen regularly

We use the present simple to lớn talk about actions that we do (o we don’t do) regularly:

I wash my hair every day.I never go khổng lồ the library.I sometimes go lớn the library.

Permanent situations or things that are usually or often true

I don’t drink coffee.She’s very tall.I have two brothers.Water boils at 100 degrees. I like soup.

Adverbs of frequency

We often use the present simple with adverbs of frequency (always, sometimes, etc.) and expressions of frequency (once every three months, twice a week, every other day, etc.).

Adverbs of frequency go in mid position (before the main verb or after be).

She doesn’t often eat hamburgers.He usually gets up very early.I am never late.

Expressions of frequency go at the over of the sentence

We go to lớn the cinema once a month.I buy clothes twice a year.

Future events that are timetabled

We use the present simple khổng lồ talk about future events that are scheduled or timetabled.

The train leaves at 4.Shops close at 6.My yoga class is tomorrow at 10.

Present continuous use

Actions in progress

We use the present continuous to lớn talk about things that are happening now or ‘around now’ (a time around this moment, such as these days, weeks or months)

I can’t talk know. I’m brushing my teeth.I finished the Lord of the Rings & now I’m reading a new book.

Temporary actions

The present continuous is used khổng lồ talk about temporary actions:

I’m going lớn work by bus this week because my oto is at the garage. I’m living with my cousins until I find a flat.

With expressions meaning ‘now’ or ‘around now’.

The present continuous often appears next khổng lồ expressions such as now, these days, this week/month, or at the moment.

He’s studying a lot this week. I’m not feeling very well these days. 

Situations that are changing or developing

The climate is changing very quickly.More & more people are trying to lớn eat more healthily nowadays.Your English is improving.

Future arrangements

We use the present continuous lớn talk or ask about future actions that are already planned or decided.

I‘m meeting John this evening. Do you want to lớn come?We are leaving tomorrow at 7. 

Stative sầu verbs

Nonaction verbs (or stative verbs) cannot be used in present continuous. They must be used in present simple. The most frequent are the verbs of the senses (hear, see, smell, look, seem, sound), verbs of opinion (believe, consider, like, love sầu, hate, prefer, think, etc.) verbs of possession (have sầu, own, belong, etc.). Other comtháng non-action verbs are: agree, be, depover, need, mean, rethành viên, realise, recognise, seem, want, etc.

Please, give sầu me my money; I need it now.Look at her; she seems sad.

Some verbs have an action và a non-action meaning; for example, have sầu or think:

I have a car (=possession) / I’m having a siesta (=action)I think he is great (=opinion) / What are you thinking? (=action)

The verb see also has a dynamic và a stative meaning.

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I‘m seeing the doctor tomorrow at 9. (see= ‘have an appointment’)What do you see in this picture? (see= ‘see with your eyes’)