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Do you know how to make and use the present simple and present continuous? Come with us... we'll tell you all about these two tenses!

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Present Simple and Present Continuous: when and why?

Now you know how to make the present simple and present continuous, let’s look at when and why we use them. 

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Meaning and use

We use the present simple for:

  • facts & truths
  • habits & things that we do regularly
  • permanent situations

I check my email every day. (regular activity)

 

Margaret works at the bank. (permanent situation)

We use the present continuous for:

  • things that are happening at the time we are speaking
  • temporary situations
  • activities that are in progress

Just a minute. I’m checking my email. (now)

 

Julie usually works in an office, but she’s working from home this week. (temporary situation)

 

I'm studying Economics (activity in progress)

To do

Read the sentences and choose the reason for their tenses.

Present simple and present continuous - which one when?

6 Questions

Read the sentences and choose the reasons for their tenses.

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Next

Now you know how to make and use the present simple and present continuous. Next up is 6 Minute Grammar, where you can hear some more explanations and examples. Neil and Sophie are waiting for you on the next page...

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  • Present Simple

    We use the present simple tense for: things that we do regularly, facts, habits, truths and permanent situations

    Example
    I check 
    my email every day. (regular activity)

    Present Continuous

    We use the present continuous tense for: things that are happening at the time we are speaking, temporary situations and activities that are in progress

    Example
    Just a minute. I'm checking my email. (now)