Present continuous and present simple


Present continuous and simple Compare:

present continuous Presently simple
The continuous is used to describe events occurring at or near the moment of speaking.The process isn’t complete. The simple is used to describe things generally or for situations that are repeated.
It is boiling. will soon be boiling. Be careful. It is said that water gets hot when it reaches 100° Celsius.
Take note of those who are listening. What languages they are they using? Excuse me, do you speak English?
We’ll go for a walk. It isn’t it raining right now. It isn’t that rainy often in summer.
Continuous is the term we use for situations that require a temporary solution.
(things that persist for a brief period of time):
We employ the simple in constant circumstances.
(things that persist for a long period of time):
live with a few acquaintances until I can find an apartment of my own. My parents reside within London. They’ve been there for all of their lives.

Find out more information about the present continuing and simple.

How do I use what I always do and always will in present continuous and easy

The thing is that I usually do the same thing. I always do it: For example:always commute to work via automobile. (not I’m always on the road)

constantly do something. I’m guilty of it often and sometimes more frequently than the norm.
For example: I’ve lost my keys again. am always losing keys.

I’m always losing them . I also lose them often and more often than I do.

Paul isn’t satisfied. Paul is never satisfied. constantly complains. (is he complains to frequently)

We employ continuous forms (I’m waiting for rain, it’s pouring, etc.).) to refer to events or actions that started but haven’t ended.

Certain words (for instance, know and like) aren’t normally used in this manner. It is not the case to say “I am sure” or “they’re liking”. We use the phrase “I am aware they are fond of‘.

The following verbs aren’t typically employed for the current continuous
Like Know I believe to
want realise Imagine to be fit
are in need of understand Keep in mind contain
They prefer Recognize what does it mean? are
It appears

For instance:

  • I’m hungry. would like something to take in. (not I’m wanting)
  • Are you know what I’m talking about?

Think about it

When we say think, it means to believe or ‘believe If we don’t employ the continuous

  • believe Mary may be Canadian however I’m not 100% sure. (not I’m thinking)
  • What doyou consider on my suggestion? (I.e., what do you think?)

If think is a synonym for “consider,” the continuous can be used to mean:

  • am contemplating about what took place. I frequently consider thinking over it.
  • Nicky is considering of quitting her job. (means she is contemplating she might do it)
Check out listen Smell Taste appearance Feel

We normally use the present simple (not continuous) with see/hear/smell/taste:

  • Are you have a look at the man in there? (not is it))
  • The room is smelling. Open a window.

You can make use of the present simple or continuous form to describe what someone looks like or feels right now:

  • You appear good today. or you are looking very well today.
  • What are feel you feel right now? Or, how do you experiencing today?


  • I generally find myself feeling exhausted in the morning. (not always having a bad day).)

am/is/are being

You can say he’s being … , you’re being … etc. to describe how someone is acting right currently:

  • I’m not sure why he’s acting so selfishly. This isn’t the norm. being selfish means acting selfishly at the moment.)
  • “The road is slippery. Don’t slip.’ ‘Don’t worry. I’m extremely cautious.’


  • He isn’t thinking about the other person. He is extremely selfish. (He is self-centered all the time, not just right now)
  • I’m not a fan of taking chances. I’m a extremely cautious person.

We employ the term am/is/are to describe what a person is doing (means doing something they are able to manage) right now.
It’s not always an option in other situations.

  • Sam is sick. (not is he sick)
  • Is you exhausted? (not do you feel tired)


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