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    Default Help me prove my point!

    I'm teaching English to children here in Germany. I got into a discussion yesterday with another teacher here (she is German). I feel like an idiot having to ask this, but she has been teaching children to say "today I do my homework," whereas I would say either "today I will do my homework" or "today I am doing my homework." Is it proper English to say "today I do my homework?" It just sounds wrong to me. I have taught so many students the Simple Present Tense, but I have never taught them to use it in this way.

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    Default Re: Help me prove my point!

    Quote Originally Posted by ginny811 View Post
    I'm teaching English to children here in Germany. I got into a discussion yesterday with another teacher here (she is German). I feel like an idiot having to ask this, but she has been teaching children to say "today I do my homework," whereas I would say either "today I will do my homework" or "today I am doing my homework." Is it proper English to say "today I do my homework?" It just sounds wrong to me. I have taught so many students the Simple Present Tense, but I have never taught them to use it in this way.
    Welcome to the forum, ginny.

    'Today I do my homework' is natural only of you see this as part of a schedule:

    Here is my plan for the week:
    Today, I do my homework;
    Tomorrow, I revise for the exam;
    Wednesday, I tidy my bedroom.

    If you are referring to a plan or arrangement, the natural things to say are:
    I'm doing/going to do my homework this evening.

    If it's an instant decision, or promise or offer, it's more likely to be;
    I'll do my homework this evening.

    You might find this interesting if you are discussing such matters with your colleague.
    Please do not edit your question after it has received a response. Such editing can make the response hard for others to understand.


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