Present Simple vs Present Continuous – Grammar

Present Simple Present Continuous
used for actions in the present   Example: I work for the airline company.                 She teaches at the University. used for actions happening at the moment of speaking (with time phrases: now, at the moment, right now, currently)   Example: The Gordons are watching a film now.                 They are currently demonstrating that film in all the cinemas of the town.
used for things that are always true   Example: It gets hot in June in Baku.                Magnet attracts iron. 2.   used for actions to imply that a situation is or may be temporary (with time phrases: these days, nowadays)   Example: He is working as a taxi driver to earn extra money these days.                 Banks are lending more money nowadays to expand businesses.                 I am very busy these days; I am writing a book about history.               
used for things that happen regularly (with time phrases: always, usually, never, seldom, sometimes, often;                        in the morning/afternoon/evening, at noon/night/midnight;                        once a year, twice a month, 5 times a week;                        at the weekend, every day/week/month/year)   Example: They always have breakfast at 7.                 They go shopping every week. 3.    used for arranged future actions   Example: The student is taking an exam next week.                 We are flying to Madrid tomorrow morning.                 The Browns are celebrating their 25th anniversary at the weekend.
used for retelling stories or jokes   Example: One day a man comes to the restaurant and orders a meal…       4.    “be” in continuous describes a temporary situation Compare:      Example: My son is naughty (it means that he is always naughty) – My son is being naughty (it means that he is not behaving himself, he is naughty at the moment, and he is not usually like this).
used to talk about future actions for timetables, schedules   Example: The plane takes off tomorrow morning.                 The concert starts at 5 pm. 5.     used with “always” to emphasize the sentence   Example: You are always watching TV!
used with verbs describing states agree, belong to, cost, disagree, hate, love, like, own, realize, regret, prefer, depend, know, remember, hear, consist, hope, believe, refuse, suggest, suppose, inform, warn, advise, accept, etc.   Example: She hates walking in the rain.                 Their family consists of 5 people. Be careful with the verbs like “have, think, see, feel” Example: She has an expensive car (she owns) – She is having a bath. (she is taking a bath)I think he is right (in my opinion) – I am thinking about him. (a continuous action)I see a building in the distance – I am seeing my manager today. (I am meeting)I feel she won’t accept the offer (I think) – I am feeling better today. (It is about my health at the moment)

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