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    Cool really basic grammar (present simple - continuous)

    Hi there!

    atm im preparing for the C1 language certificate. I guess/hope i'm quite familiar with the basic structure of grammer, but there is 1 thing i really dont understand:


    present simple usage: - general truths, current habits, permanent situations, etc.

    present continuous: - actions happening now ( and around now), temporary situations, etc.


    Now i had to deal with the following task: Circle the correct word or phrase:

    Each song only costs / is only costing 50 cents at the moment because they're on special offer.

    No denying, "is only costing" just sounds stupid, but according to my grammar book, its a temporary situation, and there is also the keyword "at the moment" .. so i chose it.
    Well, i looked up in the solution: the right answer is "only costs"...

    Is there any rule i disregarded? Or can just somebody explane it to me? It's driving me crazy aaaah xD

    Thx a lot! simon

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    Re: really basic grammar (present simple - continuous)

    The cost of an item is not a continuous action. It is a present state.

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    Re: really basic grammar (present simple - continuous)

    Quote Originally Posted by usd311 View Post
    At the moment atm I'm preparing for the C1 language certificate. I guess/hope I'm quite familiar with the basic structure of grammar, but there is one thing I really don't understand:
    I would strongly advise you not to use non-words such as "atm", "thx", "aaah" or "xD" in your writing, especially in an exam!
    Remember also to always capitalize the personal pronoun "I" regardless of its position in the sentence.

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    Re: really basic grammar (present simple - continuous)

    Prices may well change, but they're constant for given amounts of time. 'At the moment' is a reference to the current price state.

    However, it's still not a temporary change. Once it does change, it's going to maintain that state for a while, which leads to Mike's explanation.

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    Re: really basic grammar (present simple - continuous)

    Thank you guys, "I" see things more clearly now.

    And thank you teechar for your constructive and theme based contribution.. you got the point ;)

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    Re: really basic grammar (present simple - continuous)

    Quote Originally Posted by usd311 View Post

    And thank you teechar .. you've got a the point ;)
    You're welcome usd311.


    I hope you know the difference between these expressions:

    - get the point
    - get to the point
    - 've/'s got a point


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