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    Habits, present simple or present prog, both?

    Hello, I found a website for learning English. In that website I saw the sentences:
    He talks on the phone every day
    and:
    He is talking on the phone every day.

    The problem for me is the ability to use present progressive for habits. I know that in order to write sentences with habits the only appropriate tense is the present simple.

    Can we use present progressive for Habits?

    Are these sentence have the same meaning?

    Thanks.
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    #2

    Re: Habits, present simple or present prog, both?

    'He talks on the phone every day' is fine.

    'He is talking on the phone every day' needs something before it, such as 'It's so hard for me to get in touch with him because...'

    Note: 'Do these sentences have the same meaning?'

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    #3

    Re: Habits, present simple or present prog, both?

    I still don't understand. Is it Ok to use present
    progressive in order to write sentences of habits?

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    Re: Habits, present simple or present prog, both?

    Sometimes, but in this case, it is "every day" that makes it habitual. The word "always" can have the same effect.

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    Re: Habits, present simple or present prog, both?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Sometimes, but in this case, it is "every day" that makes it habitual. The word "always" can have the same effect.
    How is possible that present simple and present progressive have the same meaning for habits?

    I know that present progressive is for short action, so how is it possible, habits= long action(every day!!).


    Please for once, I don't understand, my head tells me: just present simple can be used for writing habits.

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    Re: Habits, present simple or present prog, both?

    I have already answered that. See post 4.

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    Re: Habits, present simple or present prog, both?

    I read that present progressive is for a new habit or for a temporary habit(I am playing basketball everyday, 3 years ago I didn't do that) but present simple is for a constant habit.(like I do something for a long time, like to say: I sleep everyday.
    So there are two meaning of habits?


    I understand from you that the word everyday makes them habitual and sometime they have the same meaning but what are the rules here?

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    Re: Habits, present simple or present prog, both?

    I don't know of a rule. The meaning is the meaning.

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    Smile Re: Habits, present simple or present prog, both?

    So, I would like to sum(I want to close the thread):

    Habits that I write in present simple and in present progressive have the same meaning?



    I sleep everyday
    I am sleeping everyday

    Do these sentence have the same meaning?


    Thanks.

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    Re: Habits, present simple or present prog, both?

    No. See my post #2.

    Use the present simple only. I can't think of any context where the present progressive would be preferable.

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