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Is the present continuous the same as the present progressive ? If not, what's the difference ?
For all practical purposes there is no difference between the two. However, some linguists make distinction on the basis of kind of aspect. According to them the progressive aspect expresses the dynamic quality of actions that are in progress while the continuous aspect expresses the state of the subject that is continuing the action.
For example: I am swimming. The swimming action expresses two things:the active movement of my hands and legs, in other wards it is indicative of the dynamic quality of action (progressive aspect) and secondly; my current state, the fact that I am swimming at the moment (continuous aspect) and not doing anything else.
The relationship between the progressive and continuous aspects is unclear but you can say there exists a symbolic difference.