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Present simple or continuous
SIMPLE PRESENT AND PRESENT CONTINUOUS
PRESENT CONTINUOUS TENSE... This TENSE is used to talk of any action happening NOW.
How to write the present continuous tense? Use am/is/are + -ing form of the given verb.
I am teaching you all now. He is teaching you all now.
What is the difference between Simple Present and the Present Continuous Tense?
While Simple Present Tense is used to talk of daily action , ACTION not happening now but action that takes place more often than not or frequently or even daily, the Present Continuous Tense is used for Action HAPPENING NOW.
In the quiz that follows this lesson please first understand whether in the sentence daily action is being referred to or action happening now and accordingly fill in the blanks!
THE SIMPLE PRESENT TENSE .
I go to school daily.
My mother cooks for us.
THE PRESENT CONTINUOUS TENSE.
I am going to school by bus.
My mother is cooking eggs and bacon.
This is all to do with the person in question and the number of persons too.
1 Usually, often, never, generally, always,seldom, frequently etc are the adverbs used with Simple Present Tense
2 Now, at present, at the moment, tonight etc are used with the Present continuous tense.
Now I believe you are all ready to do an exercise on these tenses and so go on!
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