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    #1

    present continuous

    Hi,

    - Michael is working in a cafe until he finds a job in his field.
    - He is swimming every morning.
    - They are working late every night.
    - At 8 oíclock I am usually driving to work so phone me on my mobile.

    I have some trouble about using Ívery morning, every night, usually, until,...etc in the present continuous. What I have understood is the sentences I have written above are all correct, but the sentences below are not OK. Is it right?

    (But NOT: My dad is usually reading the newspaper everyday).
    (But NOT: In general, I am sleeping here).


    Thanks.
    Last edited by aysaa; 01-Aug-2013 at 16:16. Reason: title amended

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    #2

    Re: present continious

    Why do you want to use the present continuous in, say, the second of your examples? It's possible, but what's the intended meaning?

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    Re: present continious

    I would say I swim every morning. Because it's general habit. Also I would say my dad reads newspapers everyday but if he is reading now I would day my dad is reading newspapers now. It's possible that my dad is reading newspapers everyday but it doesn't make sense.

    I just shared my views.
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    #4

    Re: present continious

    Don't you mean "At 8 o’clock I am usually driving to work so don't phone me on my mobile"? Unless taking mobile calls while driving is legal in Turkey.

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    #5

    Re: present continious

    aysaa, please note the correct spelling of "continuous" (as used by Tdol in post #2) as opposed to your "continious" in the thread title.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    #6

    Re: present continuous

    Present Continuous Use (or Present Progressive Use)
    Present Continuous | Present Simple ESL

    I have seen the sentences in these sites, and I just wanted to learn if those are OK or not.

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    #7

    Re: present continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by aysaa View Post
    Present Continuous Use (or Present Progressive Use)
    Present Continuous | Present Simple ESL

    I have seen the sentences in these sites, and I just wanted to learn if those are OK or not.
    What makes you think that the examples on those sites might be wrong?

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    Re: present continuous

    What about redudancy using Present Continuous?
    Assume the dialogues:

    - Anna, where is John?
    - He is in room.
    - What is he doing?
    - He is surfing on forums now.


    (telephone chat)

    - Well John, are you planning something on next days?
    - No, I am not planning anything.
    - Why? I think you are an ambitious man.
    - Please don't ask me anymore, because I am enjoying your chat at this moment.
    Last edited by Yiagos; 03-Jan-2014 at 19:08.

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    Re: present continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by Yiagos View Post
    What about redudancy using Present Continuous?
    Assume the dialogues:

    - Anna, where is John?
    - He is in room.
    - What is he doing?
    - He is surfing on forums now.


    (telephone chat)

    - Well John, are you planning something on next days?
    - No, I am not planning anything.
    - Why? I think you are an ambitious man.
    - Please don't ask me anymore, because I am enjoying your chat at this moment.
    Neither of those peices of dialogue is natural.

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    #10

    Re: present continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by Yiagos View Post
    What about redudancy using Present Continuous?
    Assume the dialogues:

    - Anna, where is John?
    - He is in room.
    - What is he doing?
    - He is surfing on forums now.


    (telephone chat)

    - Well John, are you planning something on next days?
    - No, I am not planning anything.
    - Why? I think you are an ambitious man.
    - Please don't ask me anymore, because I am enjoying your chat at this moment.
    Those dialogues are unnatural. We might say:

    - Anna, where's John?
    - He's in his room.
    - What's he doing?
    - He's on the internet/He's surfing the net/He's using a forum.

    - So John, have you got anything planned for the next few days? or Are you planning to do anything in the next few days?
    - No, I haven't got anything planned/No, I'm not planning to do anything.
    - Why? I thought you were ambitious. (Note that this is a very unnatural statement in response to the first two lines of the dialogue).
    - Please don't keep asking me questions. I'm really enjoying our chat at the moment. (The suggestion here is that the speaker will stop enjoying the conversation if the other person keeps asking questions.)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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