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    present progressive

    I am learning English. and today I learned about the present simple&Progressive.

    I saw a movie and I saw the sentence : "Before we begin the show I'd like to .. "....the sentence is in present simple. Why to write in present simple and not in progressive? the show is temporary situation! no? we have to start and then to finish so why not to write "before we are beginning the show?

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    #2

    Re: present progressive

    please

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    #3

    Re: present progressive

    Because the speaker has yet to begin the show.

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    Re: present progressive

    Hello, Thank you!

    but in present progressive we can talk about the future: I am taking my driving test tomorrow.

    the action has yet to begin the action of doing the test.

    so there is 2 situations:
    1)its happening now.
    2) its not happening now.

    so how to know if to use present simple(as you told me) or present progressive because the action has yet to begin?

    Thank you
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    #5

    Re: present progressive

    'I am taking a test tomorrow. I will eat something before I take the test.'
    I would not say 'before I am taking the test'.

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    #6

    Re: present progressive

    can you say why? please

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    Re: present progressive

    Because the simple present is used to express future time, after some conjunctions: after, when, before, as soon as, until, according to http://www.edufind.com/english/gramm...ent_simple.php

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    Re: present progressive

    I have another question. the difference between present progressive and simple.

    this example is from the website:

    1. For fixed arrangements
      His mother arrives tomorrow.
      Our holiday starts on the 26th March


    Can I say: His mother is arriving tomorrow? what is the difference between His mother arrives tomorrow to is arriving tomorrow? and our holiday is starting to holiday starts?


    because this is a temporary situation! the mother for ex.. is coming and after that we can't know if she would come again. maybe the sentence needs to be in present progressive.

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    Re: present progressive

    please let me understand

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    #10

    Re: present progressive

    Quote Originally Posted by captain1 View Post
    Can you say why, please?
    Quote Originally Posted by captain1 View Post
    Please let me understand.
    Please get into the habit of using correct capitalisation and punctuation.

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