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  1. IlenEner's Avatar
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    #1

    With and/or without -ing

    Good day,

    My friend is trying to learn English and often has a question for me about it. Of course I love to help her out. There is just a slight problem. Although I think I say something right, I don't know why. Speaking English is something I just... do. The same is true for my native language. Mostly I can find the correct 'rule' on the internet but this time I'm at a loss. I'm hoping you can help us out.

    -I get up at 7 o'clock every morning.
    -I am getting up at 7 o'clock every morning.

    -I play football every weekend.
    -I am playing football every weekend.

    To me the above four lines are all correct. Depending on the sentence I use both variants.
    However, my friend says the ~ing variant is wrong because of some 'tense' rule she applies.

    For me it is enough to know which one is correct and I'll adapt to it, but my friend would like a more detailed explanation so she can learn and apply it to her future English studies.

  2. emsr2d2's Avatar
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    #2

    Re: With and/or without -ing

    I think it would be a great idea for your friend to join the forum herself and then we can help her directly.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: With and/or without -ing

    ... and ask your friend to give truthful information in her profile.

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    #4

    Re: With and/or without -ing

    Your friend is right: only the first sentence in each pair is natural.
    I am not a teacher.

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