• English grammar
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  • 1 English alphabet
  • 2 English pronunciation and phonetics [0/3]
  • 3 English articles [0/9]
  • 4 English pronouns [0/39]
  • 4.1 English personal pronouns [0/3]
  • 4.2 English impersonal pronouns (it, there, ...) [0/4]
  • 4.3 English object pronouns [0/3]
  • 4.4 English possessive pronouns [0/5]
  • 4.5 English reflexive pronouns [0/4]
  • 4.6 English reciprocal pronouns [0/4]
  • 4.7 English demonstrative pronouns [0/3]
  • 4.8 English relative pronouns [0/4]
  • 4.9 English indefinite pronouns [0/5]
  • 4.10 English interrogative pronouns [0/4]
  • 5 English nouns [0/16]
  • 6 English adjectives [0/38]
  • 6.1 Adjectives of quality in English [0/4]
  • 6.2 Demonstrative adjectives in English [0/4]
  • 6.3 Possessive adjectives in English [0/4]
  • 6.4 Quantity adjectives in English [0/4]
  • 6.5 Interrogative adjectives in English [0/4]
  • 6.6 Numeral adjectives in English [0/8]
  • 6.7 Comparatives and superlatives [0/10]
  • 7 English adverbs [0/18]
  • 8 English prepositions [0/12]
  • 9 English verbs [0/122]
  • 9.1 Present tenses in English [0/29]
  • Fill in the correct present tense in English (Score -/-)
  • Exercise about all present tenses in English (Score -/-)
  • Mixed present tenses exercise in English (Score -/-)
  • Practice all the English present tenses (Score -/-)
  • 9.1.1 Present simple tense in English [0/5]
  • 9.1.2 Present continuous tense in English [0/4]
  • 9.1.3 Present simple vs present continuous in English [0/4]
  • 9.1.4 Present perfect tense in English [0/4]
  • 9.1.5 Present perfect continuous tense in English [0/4]
  • 9.1.6 Difference past simple and present perfect in English [0/4]
  • 9.2 Past tenses in English [0/20]
  • 9.3 Future tenses in English [0/21]
  • 9.4 Auxiliary verbs in English [0/9]
  • 9.5 Present participle in English [0/3]
  • 9.6 Past participle in English [0/3]
  • 9.7 Modal verbs in English [0/11]
  • 9.8 Phrasal verbs in English [0/3]
  • 9.9 Regular verbs in English [0/3]
  • 9.10 Irregular verbs in English [0/3]
  • 9.11 Gerund (-ing form) in English [0/8]
  • 9.12 Infinitive verbs in English [0/3]
  • 9.13 Imperative in English [0/2]
  • 9.14 Reported speech in English [0/2]
  • 9.15 Active and passive voice in English [0/2]
  • 10 English conditionals [0/20]
  • Present simple vs present continuous in English

    There are two choices in the English present tense, the present simple and present continuous. In this chapter the differences between these tenses is explained.

    Difference between present simple and present continuous 

    The present simple and the present continuous are both used to describe actions taking place in the present time, but the tenses are used for different moments in the present. 

    • The present simple is used when talking about fixed habits or routines, something that does not change.
    • The present continuous is used to talk about actions which are happening right now, but will finish soon. 

    Usage of the present simple tense 

    The present simple is mostly used to refer to habits and routines in the present. The table below shows you all the situations in which the English present simple tense is used.

    Situation Example
    You want to describe habits and routines. 
    • He drinks coffee after work.
    • I work at a supermarket twice a week. 
    You want to describe a general or scientific fact.
    • The earth is not flat.
    • The grass is green. 
    You want to describe an action that takes place, never takes place or is repeated constantly.
    • I cycle to school every day. 
    • He never cleans the house. 
    You want to describe an event that is probably happening in the future.
    • I eat at grandma's house tomorrow.
    • School starts in a week.
    You want to refer to a past event. (In newspaper headlines and captions to photographs.)
    • Demonstrators clash with police as violence increases.
    • Children play in the sand. 
    You want to give instructions or indications
    • Do your homework. 
    • Take a raincoat with you. 

    Signal words present simple 

    How to recognize the usage of the present simple tense? You can recognize the use of the present simple tense when the sentence contains words as:

    • Today
    • Usually
    • Always
    • Habitually 
    • Now 
    • Never 
    • On Mondays, Tuesdays etc. 
    • Every Monday, Tuesday etc.
    • Twice a week 
    • Once a month 
    • In general 
    • Every other day

    Usage of the present continuous in English 

    The table below shows the situations in which the present continuous is used. 

    Situation  Example
    You want to describe an action or event that takes place at that exact moment.
    • Toby is doing his homework right now. 
    • She is watching TV. 
    You want to describe an action or event that is happening now, but not necessarily during the conversation. 
    • Tim is studying Economics. 
    • I am learning Spanish. 
    You want to describe an action or event that is already scheduled, but is not happening right now.
    • I am meeting my friend on Sunday. 
    • He is not coming to work next week. 
    You want to describe a temporary event or a temporary situation.
    • Normally he goes to school, but he's working at a supermarket now. 
    • The weather in Valencia is always good, but it's raining at the moment.
    You want to describe and emphasize a continuous series of repeated actions. Often combined with words as 'always, forever, constantly.'
    • He is always complaining about his work. 
    • Robbert and Elisa are constantly arguing. 

    Signal words present continuous

    How to recognize the usage of the present continuous? You can recognize the use of the present continuous tense when the sentence contains words as:

    • Now
    • Right now 
    • Just now
    • At the moment
    • Listen! 
    • Look!
    • In the morning
    • In the afternoon
    • Tomorrow
    • Next Monday, Tuesday etc.

    Test your knowledge of the difference between the present simple and the present continuous by doing the exercises below! 

    Exercises

    Practice English present simple vs present continuous

    Choose the correct present time in English

    Fill in present simple vs present continuous in English

    Fill in the English present simple vs present continuous