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    Cool Present simple/continuous

    Hello!

    Can we use the present simple and continuous interchangeably in the following cases?:

    -My CV is so light that it floats/is floating (as the time of speaking, we are looking at my CV floating on the water).

    -You decision helps/is helping us.

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    Re: Present simple/continuous

    Yes, I gather you could, but as a statement of fact the Present Simple ("floats") does a better job.
    Last edited by lauralie2; 08-Nov-2010 at 12:34.

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    Re: Present simple/continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by Will17 View Post
    Hello!

    Can we use the present simple and continuous interchangeably in the following cases?:

    -My CV is so light that it floats/is floating (as the time of speaking, we are looking at my CV floating on the water).

    -You decision helps/is helping us.

    Thank you
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    If you are watching it happen, the continuous is fine.

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    Re: Present simple/continuous

    My CV is so light it floats. - This sentence is talking about a fact. The CV will always float.
    My CV is so light it is floating. - This sentence is talking about a current situation. The CV is floating, around the present time.

    I just wrote an article on this simple present vs. present progressive with more details. I hope it helps everyone.

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