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    #1

    she is working... she is sending

    If someone is temporarily doing something, then all the other things he/she does/is doing in this period are also temporary and we should use the present continuous to describe them? Should I use the present simple or the present progressive tense in the second sentence below?

    My sister is temporarily working in England. She is sending us gifts from time to time.
    (Or She sends us gifts from time to time?)
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #2

    Re: she is working... she is sending

    I would use the present continuous (as you did) for the working aspect. However, the sending of gifts is a habitual action (albeit temporary) so I would use the present tense.

    My sister is working in England at the moment and she occasionally sends us gifts.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: she is working... she is sending

    If I add "from there" - She is sending us gifts from time to time from there (while she is working in England) - will it change the grammar?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #4

    Re: she is working... she is sending

    I am not a teacher.

    No, it doesn't change the grammar.

    Doesn't it go without saying that she sends the gifts from where she is?

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    #5

    Re: she is working... she is sending

    It does (go without saying). It's impossible to do otherwise. But on the other hand - she sends them presents temporarily (while she is working in England). When she returns she may not send them presents any more (maybe because she lives with them). One can't live with somebody and send them parcels with presents.

    Emsr2d2 offered the following: My sister is working in England at the moment and she occasionally sends us gifts.

    Maybe this is the only way to put it for this particular situation.
    Last edited by englishhobby; 28-Aug-2014 at 19:51.
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    #6

    Re: she is working... she is sending

    Yes, it is.

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