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    Is the present progressive possible?

    Is it possible to substitute the verbs in present simple with present progressive in the following extract:

    We hope you are enjoying this marvellous weather as much as we are. We sunbathe and go swimming every day. Next week we are going scuba diving.

    To me it seems that it's possible, as the situation is temporary, and temporary situations are often described with present progressive. The key in the grammar book though gives only the present simple. Is it the phrase every day that makes the use of the present progressive impossible? But for this phrase, could we use the progressive verb form?

    We hope you are enjoying this marvellous weather as much as we are. We are sunbathing and going swimming. Next week we are going scuba diving.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: Is the present progressive possible?

    Yes, it's possible.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    #3

    Re: Is the present progressive possible?

    Even if we leave every day in the sentence?
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: Is the present progressive possible?

    Yes, although since it's not possible to be 100% sure that those things will happen in the future, it might be better to say "We have been going swimming and sunbathing every day".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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