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    The simple present or the progressive

    Hello.

    This screenshot below is from the book "Macmillan English Grammar in Context" by Michael Vince.
    I used the present simple in "c", "i" and the progressive in "j".

    C. "And what exactly causes this outbreak?"
    I. "Most parents simply don't realise what j.is happening to their children."

    According to the book "realise" can be used in the progressive. I think it's not a mistake to use the progressive in "c" and "i". Am I right?Click image for larger version. 

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    The second screenshot is better.

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    Re: The simple present or the progressive

    I don't know. The c, i, and j in the screenshot don't mention outbreaks or realization.

    They might be written:

    c. There seems to be a mistake.
    i. This book looks interesting.
    j. What does the book contain?

    But they have nothing to do with outbreaks or realizing.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: The simple present or the progressive

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    I don't know. The c, i, and j in the screenshot don't mention outbreaks or realization.

    They might be written:

    c. There seems to be a mistake.
    i. This book looks interesting.
    j. What does the book contain?

    But they have nothing to do with outbreaks or realizing.
    No, I am talking about the text "Doctors express concern over heavy bags."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    No, I am talking about the text "Doctors express concern over heavy bags."
    Sorry, I don't see the letters.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: The simple present or the progressive

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Sorry, I don't see the letters.
    I will have to type it. The screenshot is horrible.

    "Every year thousands of children go to the doctor because of back pain and in fact this kind if problem is rapidly becoming one of the most common childhood complaints. And what exactly causes (or "is causing?") this outbreak of back strain and muscle fatigue? Most people are simply not realizing (or simply "don't realise") what is happening to their children? ("What happens to their children" is wrong in my opinion).

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    Re: The simple present or the progressive

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    And what exactly causes (or "is causing?") this outbreak of back strain and muscle fatigue? Most people are simply not realizing (or simply don't realise what is happening to their children. ("What happens to their children" is wrong in my opinion).
    Your final remark is correct. I've struck out the wrong tenses above.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: The simple present or the progressive

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Your final remark is correct. I've struck out the wrong tenses above.
    I used "Are not realizing" only because it was mentioned in that book that "Realise" can be usedin the progressive.

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    Re: The simple present or the progressive

    The fact that it can - in some contexts - be used in the progressive does not mean that the progressive is always correct and natural.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    The fact that it can - in some contexts - be used in the progressive does not mean that the progressive is always correct and natural.
    Yes. I remember you mentioned that in previous threads. But what is not clear to me in these sentences is that the book says the progressive is used to talk about current trends. Children tend to have this problem nowadays and their parents don't realise what causes it. It doesn't say they usually have this problem and they usually don't realise its cause so that's why I thought "What is causing?" And "Are not realizing" are both correct. I don't understand why they are wrong.

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    Re: The simple present or the progressive

    'What is causing' is correct.
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