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    simple present/present progressive

    Please, Look at the following simple present tense.

    (1) Deborah waits patiently while Bridget books the tickets.
    (2) The shelf holds three books and a vase of flowers.

    I think first sentence means,
    Deborah generally waits patiently when Bridget books the tickets.
    It does not necessarily means -- this action taking place at the time of speaking.

    I think second sentence means,
    The shelf generally holds three books and a vase of flowers.
    It does not necessarily means -- now it has books in the shelf.

    If it was action in progress I would say,
    (1) Deborah is waiting patiently while Bridget booking the tickets.
    (2) The shelf is holding three books and a vase of flowers.

    Am I right?
    If I am wrong please explain me about (simple present tense and present progressive tense)




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    Re: simple present/present progressive

    [I think u don't understand my this questions.

    I mean simply explain meaning of this two sentences :

    (1) Deborah waits patiently while Bridget books the tickets.
    (2) The shelf holds three books and a vase of flowers.


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    Re: simple present/present progressive

    Quote Originally Posted by user_gary View Post
    [I think u don't understand my this questions.

    I mean simply explain meaning of this two sentences :

    (1) Deborah waits patiently while Bridget books the tickets.
    (2) The shelf holds three books and a vase of flowers.
    It is popular narrative style to refer to actions taking place in the past or present using the simple present tense.

    Have you ever watched a football match on TV.
    Listen to what commentators says:

    Steve gets it, passes to Jackson, who passes to Robert

    Your first sentence uses this narrative style, I should think.

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