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GRAMMAR SECTION B.1.1: LESSON 1. PRESENT SIMPLE AND PRESENT CONTINUOUS

We use the present simple when talking about present habits, permanent situations, states, and general truths.

 

a) Katie goes to tennis lessons every Friday. (present habit)

b) Joey works at the pub. (permanent situation)

c) I like the new James Bond film. (state)

d) We have to work until we are 65 before we can retire. (general truth)

 

The present simple is often used with these adverbs: always, usually, often, sometimes, rarely, and never.

It is also used with the following phrases:

 

– every Monday / week / etc

– each Monday / week / etc

– once / twice a week / month / etc

– three times a week / month / etc

 

We use the present continuous when talking about actions happening now, temporary situations, and annoying habits.

 

d) Is Charlie listening to music downstairs? (action happening now)

e) She is working at the office until the end of the month. (temporary situation)

 

When talking about annoying habits we usually use always.

 

f) My brother is always borrowing my car without asking!

 

The present continuous is often used with these words and phrases: now, right now, at the moment, today, this week, this month, this year.

 

Do you read your book at home?
Are you reading your book now?
Where do you work?
What do you do?
What are you doing now?
What do you do in your free time?
What do you think are some annoyin

 

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