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    She still lives there

    Hello all-I never thought I would find difficulty in the Present Simple/Present Continuous but this sentence made me think...

    My grandmother was born in London. She still lives there/She's still living there.

    Both seem OK to me.

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    Re: She still lives there

    They are essentially the same.
    The only possible difference is a nuance as to whether she is still alive.
    "She still lives there" emphasizes that she has not moved.
    "She is still living there" seems to emphasize that she is still alive.


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    Re: She still lives there

    They are both equally fine. Neither would make me hesitate.

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    Re: She still lives there

    Thanks. That's what I thought but the thing is that I found that sentence in an exercise where you have to choose one or the other.
    Another example was...'Slow down.You're stupid/you're being stupid.' where I guess you have to choose 'You're being stupid' because it's in reference to what you're doing NOW-driving fast.
    It was an exercise on the use of the present Simple/present Cont...obviously.

    Thanks again

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    Re: My grandmother was born in London. She still lives there/She is still living there.

    I'd choose the present simple. With some verbs it is possible to use both the simple and continuous forms of the verb:

    Simple: She still lives there.
    Continuous: She is still living there.

    The simple present expresses a fact, and as such it refers to a state, not to an activity.

    The continuous expresses the duration of the state as well as implies a comment of the fact:

    Sam: Both my grandparents were born in London but they live in Canada.
    May: My uncle was born in London. He lives in the US.
    Pat: My grandmother was born in London. She's still living there.

    In other words, Sam and May's family members have moved to other countries, whereas Pat's grandmother has not.

    Hope that helps.

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    Re: She still lives there

    Quote Originally Posted by queenbu View Post
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    Another example was...'Slow down.You're stupid/you're being stupid.' where I guess you have to choose 'You're being stupid' because it's in reference to what you're doing NOW-driving fast.
    It was an exercise on the use of the present Simple/present Cont...obviously.
    Thanks again
    Use the Pres Cont. here, usually. If you were in the car with someone you didn't know, or had never seen driving, you c o u l d use the Pres. Simple I suppose (did you detect my intonation there? - that's a very tenuous 'could'); the 'you're stupid' is a statement of something you've just realized - 'I never knew you were such a bad driver'.

    You could also dispense with the verb altogether: Slow down, stupid.

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    You could also dispense with the verb altogether: Slow down, stupid.

    I appreciate your answers,Casiopea and BobK and I would have answered as you did but when it's a question of just choosing the right answer in an exercise,the situation is a bit different,you see.When I'm helping someone with his English,for example,and he comes up with an exercise like that I have to help him decide on which to choose.
    In fact, I had told him to use the Present Tense in the first (lives there-We use the present simple for things that are true in general, or for things that happen sometimes or all the time) and the present cont in the second,as,for eg, 'Please be quiet.I'm working', or ' Look!Joy is wearing her new hat.'
    because I know that in that particular exercise that was what was expected.
    An Italian student at pre-intermediate level can't understand the nuances of the English language.

    I'd like to say,however,that I really do find your answers very interesting and try to follow as much as possible on this forum!

    Thanks

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    You're most welcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    You're most welcome.
    Same here . Sorry, queenbu; I realize that in a teaching context all the options are not available. I was just trying to make a general point - that might not be appropriate in your case; sometimes you can just omit the verb (but not when a teacher's asking which one is right).

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I realize that in a teaching context all the options are not available.
    Why didn't you use "not all the..."? You certainly don't mean "none of the options are...", do you?

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