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    #1

    simple/progressive

    What is the difference between:
    1-I am staying in the office today.
    2-I stay in the office today.

    (I get the feeling that in 2, the person might have received an order or may be acting according to a strict plan he has set himself. Is that correct?)

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    As I wrote in reply to another comment, the present simple is used to describe habits, or recurring actions. Example 2 is a little strange because "I stay in the office" implies a habit, that is, I do this everyday, for example. However, "Today" implies that it's not a habit. Together, the sentence doesn't sound correct.

    Iain

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    #3

    Re: simple/progressive

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan
    What is the difference between:
    1-I am staying in the office today.
    2-I stay in the office today.
    They probably mean the same thing, except the second doesn't seem like idiomatic English.

    • A: What are you doing today?
      B: I am staying in the office today.


    Can you supply a context for sentence two?

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    #4
    'I stay in the office today' sounds a bit Me-Tarzan-you-Jane. In fact, I think that, without some context, it would be classified as an error. I cannot think of such a context offhand either.

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    #5
    Thanks for all your replies. This simple/progressive thing is a big problem for me because aspects do not work in the same way in my language.
    I generally use the progressive in contexts like this one but sometimes I might end up speaking like Tarzan, or TA(r)SAN.

    Navi Tasan

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    #6
    Stick to the progressive and no one will suspect you of being Lord Greystoke.

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