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    #1

    I'm living vs I live

    The situation is:
    I'm on an exchange programme in France. I'm staying here for 6 months. [or I stay here for 6 months?]
    a) I live in Paris.
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    b) I'm living in Paris.

    Which is the correct option here?
    Should I use present continuous because it's something temporary?
    Is present simple a grammar mistake here?

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    Re: I'm living vs I live

    Use the continuous in both cases.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 12-Mar-2014 at 09:03.

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    Re: I'm living vs I live

    Should I use present continuous because it's something temporary?
    Continuous forms are normally appropriate when the situation is of limited duration.
    Is present simple a grammar mistake here?
    Yes. It suggests that Paris is your home.

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    #4
    What about "to study + name of the subject"? Is it usually treated as something of limited duration?
    We are studying biology at school. --> school education has got a limited duration
    I'm at university, I'm studying maths. --> university education has got limited duration

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    #5
    "I am studying X" is appropriate for students. However, an academic might well say "I study X", because this is his/her full-time work.

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