simple present vs continuous
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- 1. Present Simple or Present Continuous?
1. The simple present tense
Actions which happen regularly (for example, every day or every week)
Things which do not often change (for example, opinions and conditions)
Habit or State?
Every day is a habit.
Young-Mi goes to class every day.
This implies that he spends Christmas with his parents every year. So, its a habit.
Jerry spends Christmas with his parents.
Beliefs and opinions are states. They don't often change.
Anna believes in God.
Santos always talks about his family.
Always means this is a habit.
Bianca lives in Florida.
This is a state, because it doesn't change.
2. 1. The Continuous Present
Actions which happen at the moment of speaking and are not intended to last.
Right now, John is winning, but the game isn't finished yet.
John is winning the game.
It is raining outside.
It's raining right now (but it may stop soon).
John and Paulare working in the library.
They are working there right now.
Jane is spending Christmas with his family.
He's spending Christmas with his family right now, this year. (Maybe next year he won't.)
3. are staying
are they doing
are they taking
Is she working
are you taking
6. Choose the Right Option
Once a week, I ________ to an art class at the college.
Look! Jenny ___________ into the water.
Marie isn't a Canadian. I ___________ she comes from France.
7. Choose the Right Option
Dont give the kids any cheese. They ________ it.
It ______________ really hard. We cannot go outside..
My boyfriend ________ a Mercedes. He is quite rich!
8. Choose the Right Option
I___________ you are crazy!
The teacher___________ lunch in the cafeteria everyday.
Sorry, John is not here. He___________ at the library.
9. She is visiting
they are visiting
They are staying
He is studying
10. Over the Telephone
Hi ! The gang and I ____________(spend) the weekend in the woods.
I ____________(organize) the food, because I _________(like) it.Dave __________(have) a big car with a trailer.
He __________ (check) the brakes right now.
Sam _________(set) the tent he _________(go) camping every year, so he_________ (have) a great tent and lots of other equipment. My wife ___________(think) we're crazy.
She __________(like) holidays in comfortable hotels, so she __________(visit) her mother in Paris.
11. A nice present for all my fellow Teachers
Feel free to use it in your classes and you dont have to give me credit for it.
Anyway, my name is Caty and I teach English in Queretaro.
All images are taken from a wonderful book called Interchange from Jack C. Richards, Cambridge University Press