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    #1

    This year is difficult for him.

    Hello!

    Could you please hint to me, which tense was used in an every sentence:

    1. This year is difficult for him (it's present continuous because we talk about temporary situation, right?)

    2. The Sun is the largest star in the Solar System (it's present simple because we talk about permanent situation, right?)

    I am always a little confused, when I need to use different tenses.

    Thanks!

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    #2

    Re: Present Simple vs Present Continuous

    1. is incorrect. It is simple present. A continuous structure requires an -ing form.

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    #3

    Re: Present Simple vs Present Continuous

    So, even if talk about current moment, but don't use -ing form, it will be present simple?

    For example: 1. It is early hour now. 2. I am tired at the moment.

    Thanks!

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    #4

    Re: Present Simple vs Present Continuous

    Yes.

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    #5

    Re: Present Simple vs Present Continuous

    The terms 'simple' and 'continuous/progressive' refer to the form of the verb, not to the way in which it is used.

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    #6

    Re: Present Simple vs Present Continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by George22 View Post
    So, even if talk about current moment, but don't use -ing form, it will be present simple?
    I think the -ing form could be used in some contexts like 'He is being deliberately obtuse'.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #7

    Re: Present Simple vs Present Continuous

    Yes. That's a continuous/progressive form.

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    #8

    Re: Present Simple vs Present Continuous

    "It is early hour now" is not a grammatical sentence.

    It is early now.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: Present Simple vs Present Continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by George22 View Post
    2. The Sun is the largest star in the Solar System.
    That's a strange sentence. The sun is the only star in the Solar System.

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    #10

    Re: Present Simple vs Present Continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    That's a strange sentence. The sun is the only star in the Solar System.
    Yes, indeed. I didn't think about it at that moment. Thanks for your comment!

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