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    #1

    Talking present tense?

    Hello,

    If i ask someone this question "who pays it?"

    is it the same with he shots me?
    it means that action is repeated?

    thank

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    Re: present tense?

    Both example sentences share the same grammatical structure:

    Subject + Verb + Object
    1) Who pays it?
    2) He shot me.

    The first sentence, given additional context, could express a repeated act, not action:

    1) Who usually pays it? Max usually pays (i.e., Max has paid more than one in the past.)

    The second sentence, again with addition context, could express a repeated act:

    2) He shot me over and over again.

    But "shot", on its own, cannot express repetition.

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