Welcome to your free Present Simple or the Present Continuous lesson! In this topic we talk about:
The Present Simple
The Present Simple is used for general facts, things that happen repeatedly, and habits:
Your cakes always taste delicious.
I go to the shop every Sunday.
Most kids learn to ride a bike when they are six.
The Present Simple is also used for permanent situations:
He lives in Paris.
France is in Europe.
The Present Continuous
The Present Continuous is used for things happening now, or around now:
Stephanie is cooking.
We‘re driving to the shop.
I‘m learning English so I can go on holiday.
The Present Continuous is also used for temporary situations:
He is living with friends until he finds his own place.
My car has broken down, so I‘m taking the bus to work.
Using the Present Continuous to complain
Have a look at this sentence:
He always leaves his dirty socks on the floor.
This sentence means that he has a habit of doing an action, nothing more. Have a look at this sentence:
He is always leaving his dirty socks on the floor.
This sentence means the same as before, but since I used the Present Continuous it also means: “and it happens too much”. Here are more examples:
You always watch TV.
You are always watching TV.
(…and you do it too much)
He ignores me.
He is always ignoring me.
(and he does it too much)
- The Present Simple is used to talk about actions that repeat.
- It is also used to say that something is permanent.
- The Present Continuous is used to talk about something happening now.
- It is also used to talk about temporary situations.
- The Present Continuous with always means that you are annoyed by an action by someone else.