Re: Which sentence is more frequent in real life?
Originally Posted by toloue_man
I disagree, as you did half a sentence ago.
but I think according to following reasons, the present progressive is more accurate:
The present progressive can be used for very short periods.
1)As far as studying usually has a limited duration , usually a 4-year term , and this fact that present progressive is used for long periods.
That is indeed the 'correct' form - in certain contexts. It is not correct in other contexts.
I think the correct form should be like this:
What are you studying at university?
I'm studying French at university.
I think we'd all agree on that. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that it's universal among humans.
Please note that language is very widespread.
I don't know what you mean by that.
There are many dialects which all have the same value.
No, it isn't.
One might think that the correct tense is simple present is this context. But based on evidence
which I provide , I think the present progressive is closer to standard or prestigious dialect.
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