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    Dear colleagues,
    Is this implication too far-fetched or is it straightforward? Is it possible to use it to point to the temporary aspect of the Present Continuous?

    "Which sentence may suggest that you are likely to change your job?
    a) I work for a company that produces spare parts for robots
    b) I am working for a company that produces..."

    Thanks a lot for the reply!

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    Re: Present Continuous - temporary aspect

    Quote Originally Posted by marylin37 View Post
    Dear colleagues,
    Is this implication too far-fetched or is it straightforward? Is it possible to use it to point to the temporary aspect of the Present Continuous?

    "Which sentence may suggest that you are likely to change your job?
    a) I work for a company that produces spare parts for robots
    b) I am working for a company that produces..."

    Thanks a lot for the reply!
    The tense itself is not sufficient to give that implication; but if you wanted to make that implication (with intonation), the pres. continuous would be more suitable:
    'I am working for a company...' can imply 'but not for long'.

    b

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