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  • Present Simple & Present ContinuousDifferences

  • Present SimpleWe use Present Simple to express HABITS, ROUTINES AND TRUTHS

    I always brush my teeth . (Habit)Joaquin plays soccer every day. (Routine)Dogs bark (Truth)

    Present simple can be used with adverbs like: always, often, usually, sometimes, never, every day, every week, every year, etc

    Ex. I always go to school. Ex. Robert plays football every day. Ex. She usually studies at home.

    Do not forget the S ES with the third person - SHE-HE- IT

  • Present ContinuousWe use it to show that an action is happening now, at the moment of speakingPresent continuous can be used with words like: now; at the moment; Look!; Listen!

    E.g. I am walking to school.

    E.g. Listen! She is singing. E.g. Hes working at his computer now..

    Form: Subject + verb TO BE +verb-ING (am/is/are)

  • What tense is it and why? She rarely goes to the gym. Look! My mom is driving a car. tefan and Drago always go to school by bus. I am drinking orange juice.Sometimes I do my homework after lunch.Listen! The children are singing. They are playing badminton now.

  • Now you try!Use each verb to make a sentence in the present simple and a sentence in the present continuous!

    Example: - We usually play tennis in the afternoon. - We are playing tennis now.


  • Present Simple or Continuous?

  • He playing football.lovesis lovingloves

  • Peter. readingreadsis reading

  • James his dog every morning.walksis walkingwalks

  • At this moment James for the waitingwaitsis waiting

  • She always an umbrella.carriesis carryingcarries

  • He with his fire truck before going to bed.playsis playingplays

  • Action verbs describe actions or things that happen. For example play, go, talk, move, study, etc.

  • State verbs describe states rather than actions. They are rarely found in continuous forms. For example want, hate, know, believe, etc.These include:

  • Emotionlike, dislike, adore, hate, love, needPossessionbelong, own, haveSensesee, hear, smell, feel, tasteThought and opinionsagree, disagree, believe, forget, remember, suppose, doubt, know, think, wish

  • Both state and actionhave have (stative) = ownI have a carhave (dynamic) = part of an expressionIm having a party / a picnic / a bath / a good time / a break

  • see see (stative) = see with your eyes / understandI see what you meanI see her now, shes just coming along the roadsee (dynamic) = meet / have a relationship withIm seeing Robert tomorrow

  • Taste(also:smell, feel,look)taste (stative) = has a certain tasteThis soup tastes greattaste (dynamic) = the action of tastingThe chef is tasting the soup

  • Think think (stative) = have an opinionI think that coffee is greatthink (dynamic) = consider, have in my headwhat are you thinking about? Im thinking about my next holiday

  • My children ____________ (like) school.


  • Pauline _______________ (have) lunch at the office today.

    s having

  • I ____________ (see) your problem.


  • David ______________ (see) the dentist today.

    s seeing

  • ________________ (you/believe) in fairies?

    Do you believe

  • I _____________ (think) youre right. I would have done the same thing.