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what is the difference between "make" and "making" in these 2 sentences:
1. My new Facebook header image makes me want an ice cream.
2. My new Facebook header image is making me want an ice cream.
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Naturally, if there was no difference generally, we would not use two tenses.
One possible difference is that, with the simple present, you mean that whenever you look at the picture, you want ice cream. The use of the progressive is stating that you are now looking at the image, and you are now wanting an ice cream.
Agreed, there is quite a marked difference between the two sentences -- whether or not this is intentional.
Take another example:
"Alcohol makes me feel sick" is a general comment that implies a long-term, ongoing condition. "Alcohol is making me feel sick" implies that there is normally no problem drinking alcohol, but just at the moment there is (perhaps due to current medication, perhaps).
It can be a tricky one to grasp, particularly for non-native English speakers, as in most foreign languages (that I'm aware of) there is no such distinction.