Present Simple and Present Continuous
Do you know the difference between them?
• A regular repeated activity. We often use it with adverbs or
adverbial phrases of frequency: sometimes, never,
occasionally, every day, on Saturdays, once a week, etc.
He attends the board meeting
I catch the 8’clock train every
• Something that is generally true; a statement of fact.
Water boils at 100 degrees centrigrade.
• With stative verbs, that is, verbs that describe feelings,
thoughts and states rather than activities.
“I don’t understand”.
• Instructions. (We can use the imperative or the present
simple for instructions.)
You mix the soup with some cream.
• In clauses of time and condition, referring to the future. It
is used after: when, if, unless, before, after, as soon as, etc.
Buy some milk when you come home.
• For an activity in progress at the moment.
She’s doing her homework.
• An activity that is taking place in the present time period
and will continue for a limited time. It is often used with
these days, this week, today, this month, etc.
We are painting the house this week.
• A situation that is in the process of changing.
The number of cars on the road is
increasing rapidly each year.
• A future arrangement.
Are you going to the party on
Some verbs have one meaning in the simple form, but a different
meaning in the continuous form.
I have a bike. = I own a bike.( in general)
We are having a great time.
It’s a great day!
(at the moment)