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    Question Present Tense

    Hi there,

    What is the purpose we use present tense besides something that repeated action?

    Does it mean NOW??
    for an example : "they affect us." Does it mean all the times they affect US or it means now?

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    Re: Present Tense

    They affect us- this refers to a general pattern rather than now- f it were at this moment, you'd say 'they're affecting us'.

    We can use the simple present for things that are now, when they are of very short duration or instaneous. If you listen to sports commentaries, say, you'll hear 'he shoots'. This is because the action is so quick that it doesn't have any real duration. With your example off 'affects us', it is unlikely that it would be instant and have no duration.

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