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    Present simple or continuous?

    Hello again. :)
    I'm not sure about this sentence:

    X is mocking at the government in his new article.

    I would like to use present simple here.
    I know that this is individual case, (he doesn't mock regulary at them).
    But somehow, present simple in this sentence sounds better to me. Is it possible?
    Or am I having just a bad impression?

    Thank You.
    Johny

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    Re: Present simple or continuous?

    "... is mocking the government ...". No "at".

    You have used the present continuous. If you want to use the present simple, it's "... mocks the government ...".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Present simple or continuous?

    It's common to use the simple present in that case. "X mocks the government in his new article."
    "Y describes his new theory in the journal Nature."
    This counts not as something happening in the present, but in a sense it is timeless, since it is written, and the words are not going to change. "Shakespeare writes about young love in Romeo and Juliet."

    But if you are discussing this with a friend, you might say:
    Friend: "Is X saying good things about the government in this article?"
    You: "No, he's mocking them." (You wouldn't say, "No, he mocks them")

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    Re: Present simple or continuous?

    Thank you. 

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    Re: Present simple or continuous?

    There is no need to write a new post just to say "Thank you". It makes us think there is new information or a follow-up question and we spend time opening the thread. Simply click on the "Thank" button at the bottom left-hand corner of any post you find helpful. It saves everybody's time.

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