There are differences between the simple present and the present continuous.
The major difference between them is that we use the present simple tense when we want to talk about fixed habits or routines
We use the present continuous to talk about actions which are happening at the moment.
- We play soccer every tuesday night. (Simple Present)
- He does exercises every week. (Simple Present)
- We are watching a movie at my house (Present Progressive)
- I am taking a university test (Present Progressive)
We also use the simple present to talk abou permanent situations and we use the present continuous to talk about temporary situations
- I live in Norway (Simple Present)
- I am living in Norway at the moment (Present Continuous)
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Examples: Simple Present vs Present Continuous
These are some examples about both tenses so you can see the difference between them
These are some examples of affiirmative sentences in both tenses
|I speak Dutch with my grandma
|I am speaking with my school friends
|You drive a car to work
|You are driving a car
|He plays every day
|He is playing soccer in the soccer field
|She watches TV every night
|She is watching a new TV show on Netflix
|We live in Australia
|We are living in Alaska
These are some examples of negative sentences in both tenses
|I don’t speak English
|I am not speaking with my friends
|You don’t know how to drive a car
|You aren’t driving a car right now
|He doesn’t play every day
|He isn’t playing soccer at the moment
|She doesn’t watch TV
|She isn’t watching TV, She isn’t playing soccer
|We don’t live here anymore
|We aren’t living in Alaska, we are living in California
These are some questions in both tenses in English
|Do you cook every night?
|Are you cooking dinner for us?
|Do you always buy clothing online?
|Are you buying shoes again?
|Does she come here every tuesday?
|Are you coming tomorrow ?
|Does he do exercises every tuesday night?
|Is he doing exercises?
|Why do you do that all the time?
|What are you doing?
|What do you usually eat at home?
|What are you eating?
|Where do you go for fun?
|Where are you going tonight?
The present simple uses frequency adverbs and the present progressive uses other adverbs as signal words
|At the moment
|At this moment
These are some examples using both tenses and some of the signal words from above
- Simple Present: Sometimes I clean my room
- Present Progressive: I am cleaning my room right now
- Simple Present: I usually watch movies on Netflix
- Present Progressive: I am watching a Netflix movie at this moment
- Simple Present: I always drink coffee before going to work
Present Progressive: I am drinking coffee now.
Verbs not Used in the Present Continuous
These are some verbs that you don’t use when you are making statements and questions using the present continuous
|I like to watch movies with my friend
|I love running in the mornings with my colleagues
|I want to watch a movie tonight with my girl
|I know what you are talking about
|I don’t undertand what you are saying
|I remember playing with my friends
|I prefer running instead of jogging
|I hate playing chess with my little brother
|She depends on me for everything she does
|I believe you are watching too much Netflix
|I forgot to bring the grammar book
Simple Present vs Present Continuos
These are some exercises to make you understand the difference between Simple and Present Continuous
- Simple Present vs Present Continuous Exercises 101
- Simple Present vs Present Continuous Exercises 102
- Simple Present vs Present Continuous Exercises 103
- Simple Present vs Present Continuous Exercises 104
- Simple Present vs Present Continuous Exercises 105
- Simple Present vs Present Continuous Exercises 106
- Simple Present vs Present Continuous Exercises 107
- Simple Present vs Present Continuous Exercises 108
- Simple Present vs Present Continuous Exercises 109
- Simple Present vs Present Continuous Exercises 110
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- The Past Perfect Continuous Tense
- Types of Adverbs in English: Guide & Examples
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- Guide to There is and There are
- Some and Any : Difference and Exercises
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