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    Is studying or studies

    In most textbooks in a sentence such as "I study at university" they use present simple but in "Longman English Grammar Practice" by L.G. Alexander the book uses the progressive.
    Could you please tell which tense is most common?

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    Re: Is studying or studies

    The continuous (progressive) is more common if you are currently a student at a university.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Is studying or studies

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    In most textbooks in a sentence such as "I study at university" they use present simple but in "Longman English Grammar Practice" by L.G. Alexander the book uses the progressive.
    The sentence is an illustration of the usage described immediately above it: Temporary situations/actions.
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    Re: Is studying or studies

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The continuous (progressive) is more common if you are currently a student at a university.
    Two questions, if you plese. Even if a ''temporary'' action is quite long, three or four years or 11 years at school would a native speaker still use the progressive? You said it's more common if I am currently a student. But if someone says ''I study at university'' doesn't it usually mean they are currently a student?

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    Re: Is studying or studies

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    Even if a ''temporary'' action is quite long, three or four years or 11 years at school would a native speaker still use the progressive?
    Yes. The progressive tells the listener that the studying is in progress and will eventually end. For example:

    "What's your sister up to these days?"

    "The same thing she's been doing for the last ten years: she's working on her PhD. She'll probably still be working on it ten years from now!"
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    Re: Is studying or studies

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Yes. The progressive tells the listener that the studying is in progress and will eventually end. For example:

    "What's your sister up to these days?"

    "The same thing she's been doing for the last ten years: she's working on her PhD. She'll probably still be working on it ten years from now!"
    Then what we have been taught at school is not right that only "She studies at school" is correct while "she is studying" isn't.

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    Re: Is studying or studies

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    Two questions, if you please. Even if a ''temporary'' action is quite long, three or four years or 11 years at school would a native speaker still use the progressive? Yes, if currently in progress. You said it's more common if I am currently a student. But if someone says ''I study at university'' doesn't it usually mean they are currently a student? Yes, and context might suggest simple present, e.g. (A) Where do you study? (B) I study at [the] university".
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    Re: Is studying or studies

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    Then what we have been taught at school is not right that only "She studies at school" is correct while "she is studying" isn't.
    Unfortunately, that appears to be the case. Perhaps you should show an English teacher there the contents of this thread.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Is studying or studies

    ... but don't be surprised if they say 'Don't believe everything you read on the internet'.

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    Re: Is studying or studies

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel Adams View Post
    Then what we have been taught at school is not right that only "She studies at school" is correct while "she is studying" isn't.
    Only continuous tenses work in my example dialog.
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