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    #1

    tenses

    Is there any difference between:
    1-You are eating too much dairy.
    and:
    2-You eat too much dairy.

    Does 1 imply that that is what you are doing these days, but not necessarily a habit you have?

    (I am excluding the possibility of the sentence being about what is happening right now, in which case only 1 could be used.)
    Last edited by navi tasan; 19-May-2005 at 21:04.

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    Re: tenses

    It would ultimately depend on context, but in general use I think they imply similar things. 1. could be regarded as something of the moment, though.

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    Re: tenses

    Isn't it so that Present Continuous can also be used to express annoyance with someone's actions? Like in the following example:

    'You're always leaving your clothes spread all over the room!...'

    where apparently Simple Present would seem more appropriate ('always'), but the progressive version is perfectly in place. What do you think?

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    Re: tenses

    Does 1 imply that that is what you are doing these days, but not necessarily a habit you have?

    Yes.

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    Re: tenses

    PS I'd say too much dairyfood/too many dairy products.


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