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    Present Time

    Which is the correct sentence? 1. It gets really cold here in the evenings.2. It is getting really cold here in the evenings.3. I know lots of other students and generally speaking we have quite a good time socially.4. I know lots of other students and generally speaking we are having quite a good time socially.Thank you.

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    Re: Present Time

    Quote Originally Posted by summer paris View Post
    Which is the correct sentence? 1. It gets really cold here in the evenings.2. It is getting really cold here in the evenings.3. I know lots of other students and generally speaking we have quite a good time socially.4. I know lots of other students and generally speaking we are having quite a good time socially.Thank you.
    Hello, I am not a teacher,

    But I reckon it is not the same meaning when you use the simple present tense or the present continuous.

    What do you want to say exactly ?

    Cordially,

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    Re: Present Time

    1. It gets really cold here in the evenings.

    2. It is getting really cold here in the evenings.


    #1 is a general statement. #2 implies that it has been getting cold lately.


    3. I know lots of other students and generally speaking we have quite a good time socially.

    4. I know lots of other students and generally speaking we are having quite a good time socially.

    #3 and #4 are quite close in meaning, but, again, #4 sounds more recent and timely than #3. In other words, #3 sounds like something you might say to your parents when you're home from school on vacation, while #4 sounds more like what you would say in a letter to describe what you've been doing in the past week.

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