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    Present Simple

    Present simple
    The present simple is used for:
    permanent states:
    I am English (and I always will be English).
    I work in Valencia (I do now and will do for the forseeable future).
    I teach English.
    habits and routines:
    I drive to work every day (its part of my daily routine).
    I dont wear white shoes (its my habit not to).
    I like going to the cinema at weekends.
    permanent truths and facts:
    The sun rises in the east and sets in the west.
    Water boils at 100C (212F in case you wanted to know).
    New technology makes it easier to learn English.
    It isn't always easy to see where one category ends and the next begins, but getting the verb into the right category isn't the objective here. Just remember that the present simple is used more than anything for facts and/or habits and/or things that are permanent. The category doesn't matter.

    Where else present simple is used?
    Thank you very much for the answer.

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    Re: Present Simple

    For actions of short duration at the exact moment they occur. You'll hear it used this way in sports commentaries, for instance: He has the ball. He shoots- he scores!

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    Re: Present Simple

    When there is a timetable: The train leaves at 8.45 or The plane takes off at 9.45 etc.

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    Re: Present Simple

    In many occasions to describe "calendar" future events (very similar to the "general truth" category)

    The school opens on September 4th

    Also, some verbs denoting activity/process/momentary events don't take the progressive aspect even if it would seem natural to use:

    I can see someone through the window
    *I am seeing someone through the window

    I can't hear what they're saying
    *I'm not hearing what they're saying


    I suppose we should buy that
    *I'm supposing we should buy that

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    Re: Present Simple

    Quote Originally Posted by Mariner View Post
    In many occasions to describe "calendar" future events (very similar to the "general truth" category)

    The school opens on September 4th

    Also, some verbs denoting activity/process/momentary events don't take the progressive aspect even if it would seem natural to use:

    I can see someone through the window
    *I am seeing someone through the window

    I can't hear what they're saying
    *I'm not hearing what they're saying

    I suppose we should buy that
    *I'm supposing we should buy that
    Do schools open on September 4 everywhere?

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    Re: Present Simple

    Thanks a lot for this useful topic and answers .
    I really enjoyed .

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    Re: Present Simple

    Quote Originally Posted by Kopite32 View Post
    Thanks a lot for this useful topic and answers .
    I really enjoyed .
    Any time!

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