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    Default progressive/simple II

    Which of the following is correct:
    1-I am on a diet today. I am only eating vegetables.
    2-I am on a diet today. I only eat vegetables.

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    Default Re: progressive/simple II

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    Which of the following is correct:
    1-I am on a diet today. I am only eating vegetables.
    2-I am on a diet today. I only eat vegetables.
    The first example uses the present continuous tense. We use this when we're doing the action, NOW. The second example uses the present simple tense, which we use for current habits. So, both answers are correct, but have different meanings.

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    Default Re: progressive/simple II

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    Which of the following is correct:
    1-I am on a diet today. I am only eating vegetables.
    2-I am on a diet today. I only eat vegetables.
    Since it is quite unusual for a person to go on a diet of only one day, the first one is unlikely but possible. What it says to me is that the person is only eating vegetables for that day. In the second one, I don't think you can use today at all. Instead, say: "I am on a diet. I only eat vegetables."

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    The second works only if the two sentences are regarded as separate an unconnected.

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