Present continuous or simple?

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PRESENT CONTINUOUS
We use the present continuous for something
happening now. / am speaking to you live means
that Kitty is in the middle of a live broadcast.
Here are some more examples.
It's raining at the moment.
I'm watching this programme.
Look. That man is taking a photo of you.
PRESENT SIMPLE
We use the present simple for repeated actions. /
often speak live to the camera means that she does
it again and again.
It always rains at the weekend.
I watch television most weekends.
He's a photographer. He takes lots of photos.

PRESENT CONTINUOUS

We use the present continuous for something happening now. / am speaking to you live means that Kitty is in the middle of a live broadcast.

Here are some more examples.

It's raining at the moment.

I'm watching this programme.

Look. That man is taking a photo of you.

PRESENT SIMPLE

We use the present simple for repeated actions. / often speak live to the camera means that she does

it again and again.

It always rains at the weekend.

I watch television most weekends.

He's a photographer. He takes lots of photos.

Thoughts, feelings and states

We normally use the present simple to talk about thoughts and feelings.

I think it's a good programme.

Kitty likes her job.

We also use it to talk about states (see Unit 7) and permanent facts.

Reporting means a lot to her.

Paper burns easily.

We also use the present simple in I promise, I agree, I refuse, etc.

I promise I'll write to you.

It's all right. I forgive you.

Temporary or permanent?

PRESENT CONTINUOUS

We use the present continuous for a routine or situation that we see as temporary (for a short period).

I'm working at a sports shop for six weeks.

At the moment they're living in a very small flat.

PRESENT SIMPLE

We use the present simple for a routine or situation that we see as permanent.

I work at a sports shop. It's a permanent job.

They live in a very nice flat.

Always

PRESENT CONTINUOUS

We can use always with the present continuous to mean 'very often', usually with the added meaning of too often'.

Tom is always inviting friends here. (= He invites them very often.)

I'm always making silly mistakes. (= I make silly mistakes too often.)

PRESENT SIMPLE

Always with the present simple means 'every time'.

Tom always invites us to stay at Christmas. (= He invites us every Christmas.)

I always make silly mistakes in exams. (= I make mistakes in every exam.)

 

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