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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #67578: Present simple or continuous
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    Present simple or continuous

       Present continuous


    1. NOW: something is (not) happening now, at this very moment.

     She is cooking

     She is taking a bath
     She is dancing

     She is drinking water

     They are eating               

     He is reading

     He is running

     He is sleeping

     She is using a computer

     He is watching TV

    2. NEAR FUTURE: something will (will not) happen in the near future

    David is going to New York next week.


    I'm not sleeping well these days.                       


                                        Simple present


    1. REPEATED ACTIONS: something that often happens.

    Sue gets up at 7.30,then she has a shower
    and eats breakfast.
    At 8.30 she goes
    to school by bus.
    On Saturdays she goes
    to the swimming pool. 
    She often plays tennis
    on Sundays.

    2. Facts 

    John works in a circus.                  

    3. Generalizations

    It rains a lot in winter.                            

    4. WHEN clauses

    What will you do when you are on holiday?                                      

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    To express facts, things that are always, or generally, true we use the 
    To talk about something happening at the time of speaking we use the
    To describe an action which is in progress for a limited period of time we use the
    To talk about things we do regularly (habits, routines) we use the
    After some conjonctions of time in a future sentence we use the
    To talk about activities planned for the future we use the 


             Where is Jenny? She a bath.
    According to scientists, the Earth around the sun.
    Cats sometimes mice.
    Quiet please! I a letter.


               Tom, usually, to school. But this morning he by bike.
               Listen, Bob the violin. His brother the piano as often as he can.
                 Mark sports. He  rugby every Monday and Friday.
               Today Fred a yellow T-shirt and blue shoes. He the ball at the moment.


               I ill this evening. I to London tomorrow.
                I'll talk to Sonia as soon as she .


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