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    Present simple vs Present Continuous

    Hello everyone,
    Could you tell me what is better to use Present Simple or Present continuous?
    I'm studying at a University.
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    I study at a University.
    'Present Simple use used for things that happen repeatedly.'
    'Present Continuous is used for things that happening now or around now.'
    Could you please tell me which one is right and which one is wrong? And why?

    Thank you very much in advance.

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    Re: Present simple vs Present Continuous

    They are both right (though "university" should not be capitalized unless you give the name of the university). The context in which you're going to use the sentence determines which tense to use.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Present simple vs Present Continuous

    We wouldn't use an article before university, unless there was a special reason to do so.

    I'm studying at university.

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    Re: Present simple vs Present Continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    We wouldn't use an article before university, unless there was a special reason to do so.
    We do use the indefinite article there in American English.
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    Re: Present simple vs Present Continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    We wouldn't use an article before university, unless there was a special reason to do so.

    I'm studying at university.
    In fact, we don't even need "studying". We understand "I'm at university" to mean the same thing.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Present simple vs Present Continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    We understand "I'm at university" to mean the same thing.
    Not quite so. To me "I'm at university" means I'm physically at the university at the moment.
    Last edited by andrewg927; 13-Jun-2017 at 05:17. Reason: Fixing typo

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    Re: Present simple vs Present Continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    Not quite so. To me "I'm at university" means I'm psychically at the university at the moment.
    Physically?

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    Re: Present simple vs Present Continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    Not quite so. To me "I'm at university" means I'm physically at the university at the moment.
    Not in BrE.

    Q. Where are you right now?
    A1. I'm at the university.
    A2. I'm at university.

    The first response would be taken as simply giving the person's physical location. The second would suggest they are currently in a lecture or a class or, at the very least, they are on the campus of the university at which they are a student.

    Q. Where do you work?
    A. I don't. I'm at university.

    In that answer, it would be taken to mean "I'm currently a university student".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Present simple vs Present Continuous

    We don't generally use the term at university at all in American English.
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    Re: Present simple vs Present Continuous

    In AE, I would use "I'm in college" to mean I'm a college student.

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