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    Lightbulb After dinner, we are firing sparklers ...

    I would like to ask for help about the using of the present tenses. It is a little bit confusing fo me.
    If I write something about the habits and traditions which we keep in my family. Can I use present progressive tense in this way?
    "After dinner, we are firing sparklers outside of our house. It is a tradition in our family. Then we are unpacking gifts at home and we are talking about gifts and spending some time together." It seems as the description of the atmosphere to me.
    Thank you for the help.
    Martina Durisova

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    #2

    Re: Using Present Progressive Tense

    Those sentences all need the simple present.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: After dinner, we are firing sparklers ...

    Martina, please note that I have changed your thread title.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    Re: After dinner, we are firing sparklers ...

    We light sparklers, we don't fire​ them.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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