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    present simple or continious?

    Hello everyone,

    An applicant is talking to a potential employer.

    - Why did you leave your previous job?
    - Actually, I'm still working there. By the way, at this time we have a briefing.

    On the one hand, the action (briefing at the other company) is taking place at the time of speech.
    On the other hand, this is a habitual action, so what time is more appropriate in this case?

    Thank you.

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    Re: present simple or continious?

    I can't see any reason at all to add "By the way, at this time we have a briefing". Why should the potential employer be interested in that information?

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    Re: present simple or continious?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I can't see any reason at all to add "By the way, at this time we have a briefing". Why should the potential employer be interested in that information?
    Well, I've seen this dialogue in a movie (not an English one). The protagonist is a werrd person to some degree and, what is more, the genre is a comedy.
    That's why he sometimes says things that may seem strange.

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    Re: present simple or continious?

    Should it be '... at this time we should be having a briefing'?

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    Re: present simple or continious?

    The remark is totally out of place.
    Either"we should be having.." or "supposed to be having.." should have been/should be used.
    Last edited by tedmc; 15-Aug-2015 at 03:59.
    I am not a teacher.

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