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    Default simple and continuous

    I write this letter to please you.
    In the sentence, the verb write refers to the present time. The verb write is said to be in the present tense.

    What I understand present time is, is now. So can I write?
    I am writing this letter to please you.
    If I can't, why?
    Please help me.
    Thank you in advance.
    Have a good time.

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    Default Re: simple and continuous

    Yes it's perfectly correct.

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    Default Re: simple and continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by whitemoon View Post
    I write this letter to please you.
    In the sentence, the verb write refers to the present time. The verb write is said to be in the present tense.
    This is from High School English Grammar and composition.

    What I understand present time is, is now. So can I write?
    I am writing this letter to please you.
    This is my thought.
    If I can't, why?
    Please help me.
    Thank you in advance.
    Have a good time.
    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Yes it's perfectly correct.
    You mean both are right, and what is the differences between them?
    Thank you.

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    Default Re: simple and continuous

    Yes, they are both correct, there is no difference in meaning between them.
    In fact most people would say, 'I am writing...' present continuous.

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    Default Re: simple and continuous

    Hello,
    Please note I'm not a teacher;

    In my humble opinion "I write this letter to please you." focuses more on statement of fact; The reason sems to be more important than the act of writing.

    "I'm writing this letter to please you." here I'd say that the act of writing is more in focus;

    Cheers,

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    Default Re: simple and continuous

    If so, in some cases, present simple and present continuous are the same!

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    Default Re: simple and continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by whitemoon View Post
    If so, in some cases, present simple and present continuous are the same!
    Yes, sometimes they have the same basic meaning.
    However, just taken by itself, it would be written "I'm writing this letter to please you", in normal colloquial English.

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