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    Which one (present simple/continuous) would be appropriate in this sentence: I am a student. I .......... (work) at the weekends.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tom3m View Post
    Which one would (paresent simple/continuous) would be appropriate in this sentence: I am a student. I .......... (work) at the weekends.
    Which do you think is appropriate, and why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Which do you think is appropriate, and why?
    Ditto, and "on weekends" in AmE.

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    Default Re: Present simple/continuous

    Please can anybody answer the question?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom3m View Post
    Please can anybody answer the question?
    I repeat my first comment. Which one do you think is correct, and why? Please try yourself before we just give you the answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom3m View Post
    Please can anybody answer the question?
    bill and ems have suggested that you try first. This is the best way to do it. Once you have tried, they, or somebody else, will comment on your answer.

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    Default Re: Present simple/continuous

    Well for me there is one reason for and one against: for present continuous : I think it is a temporary action, therefore present continuous should be used but on the other hand it happens regularly - every weekend so I don't really know. (Personally I would be for continuous) Thank you
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    Quote Originally Posted by tom3m View Post
    Well for me there is one reason for and one against: for present continuous : I think it is a temporary action, therefore present continuous should be used but on the other hand it happens regularly - every weekend so I don't really know. Thank you
    I'm not a native speaker either; so, I guess, I'm half forgiven!
    In my humble opinion, both could be used here. My conclusion is based on what I heard when I lived in the US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom3m View Post
    Well for me there is one reason for and one against: for present continuous : I think it is a temporary action, therefore present continuous should be used but on the other hand it happens regularly - every weekend so I don't really know. (Personally I would be for continuous) Thank you
    Present continuous is not very good here. "I am a student. I am working at the weekends" doesn't sound natural, it would be OK with "weekend" singular. Then it would describe a temporary situation.

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    Default Re: Present simple/continuous

    I am a student. I work at the weekends.
    I am a student. I study during the week and I work at the weekends.

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