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    Use of a simple present tense

    I want to know how to define the use of Simple Present "show" in the following quote:

    "Recent polls show Bush's standing with the public has weakened as Americans....."

    It cannot be a habit or regular action. Then what is it?

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    It is used to show a current certainty- the poll is finished and doesn't change.

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    Many thanks!

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    'Are showing' would suggest that the results are less stable and likely to change.

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    Agree! Thanks again.

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    You're welcome. Where is your site, BTW?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    You're welcome. Where is your site, BTW?
    He doesn't answer you.

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    Seemingly not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Seemingly not.

    I believe it's something along the lines of englishtense.com


    Cas :D

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