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    Default Re: Present Simple or Progressive?

    Do you like going to the cinema?- correct answer
    "Like" is a non - continuous verb in English.

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    Default Re: Present Simple or Progressive?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    With the verb 'like', we rarely use the progressive form.
    Rarely Richard. I thougt it is taboo. In what rare situations do you make it dynamic.

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    Default Re: Present Simple or Progressive?

    Thank you. RonBee. But, what if game is not finished (I have not complete all levels or someting)? Am I playing it or not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vekarppe View Post
    Thank you. RonBee. But, what if game is not finished (I have not complete all levels or someting)? Am I playing it or not?
    If the game is ongoing and you are involved then it is fair to say that you are still playing the game even though you are not actively participating at the moment.

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    What do you do on weekends?
    I am playing the F.E.A.R. (though not at the moment).
    The second sentence is not an answer to the question (the first sentence). Instead, it is an answer to the question, "What are you doing?" Also, if you are playing the game your participation is ongoing as long as you are involved in the game.

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    I think there should not be two ing verbs in a sentence

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    Default Re: Present Simple or Progressive?

    There can be two -ing forms in sentence:
    I was going swimming.

    The first is a present participle (verb) and the second is a gerund.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Movie and movies are increasingly used here, too, though they used not to be. We also say the 'flicks' for cinema.
    thanks for the information
    in french "flics" (which is pronounced the same way as"flicks")means police..Isn't that funny!!

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    Default Re: Present Simple or Progressive?

    hı everybody,present sımple ıs used for general habıts that ıs, for thıngs we regularly do.but progressıve ıs used when we do sth at that moment not regularly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    The first one is okay. The second one is not. Use the present progressive ("I am doing it now") for things that are taking place at the time you are talking about them.

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    What about if it's something planned? Don't we have to use the present progresive? like in: ''We are having a party next sunday''

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    Default Re: Present Simple or Progressive?

    You're right, Carmenn, we do use the present progressive for future arrangements.

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