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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #86022: Present simple and continuous
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    Present simple and continuous


                Present simple 

                We use the present simple to describe things that are always true, or situations that exist now and,

                as far as we know, will go on indefinitely.

               Example:

               It takes me five minutes to get to school.

               Trees grow more quickly in summer than in winter.


               We use the present simple to talk about habits or things that happen on a regular basis.

               Example:

               I leave work at 5.30 most days.

               Each July we go to Turkey for a holiday.

     

               Present continuous

               However, when we describe repeated actions or events that are happening at or around the time of speaking,

               we use the present continuous.

               Example:

               Why are you jumping up and down?

               I'm hearing a lot of good reports about your work these days.


               To talk about particular actions or events that have begun but have not ended at the time of speaking,

               we use the present continuous.

               Example:

               The car isn't starting again.

               Who are you phoning?





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    1. John (collect) stamps in his spare time. It's his hobby.

    2. How are you getting on with the book?-At the moment (I / read) chapter four.

    3. Alice (see) her mother in London most weekends.

    4. Here we are in Paris again. We (stay) in a very comfortable hotel.

    5. Each week she (go) to hospital.

    6. Marion (play) the violin brilliantly, doesn't she?

    7. Paul is an excellent linguist. He (speak) six languages fluently.

    8. My mother (cook) the meal at the moment.

    9. We usually (get) up at 7.00.

    10. Water (boil) at 100° C.









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