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    should I rather use PS or PC?

    Hi there,

    Here's a small exercise concerning the Pres Simple and Pres Cont. tenses.

    My neighbour 1 _____ (bang) on the walls of his flat when he 2 _____ (do) repairs. This week he 3 _____ (install) a new bath, and the noise 4 _____ (drive) me crazy. He 5 _____ (not/seem) to care about the way he 6 _____ (bother) other people.

    My choice is:

    1. is banging (because we express annoyance)
    2. is doing VS does? which one and why? I'd say "is doing" since those repairs are temporary... it's not a permanent state
    3. he's installing - again, something temporary, somewhat occasional, right?
    4. is driving VS drives? I'd say "is driving" but I'm not sure why
    5. doesn't seem? but why? simply because we wouldn't use seem with -ing?
    6. is bothering - annoyance?

    thanks in advance

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    Re: should I rather use PS or PC?

    Quote Originally Posted by forum_mail View Post
    Hi there,

    Here's a small exercise concerning the Pres Simple and Pres Cont. tenses.

    My neighbour 1 bangs on the walls of his flat when he 2 is doing repairs. This week he 3 is installing a new bath, and the noise 4 drives me crazy. He 5 does not seem to care about the way he 6 is bothering other people.

    My choice is:

    1. is banging (because we express annoyance)
    2. is doing VS does? which one and why? I'd say "is doing" since those repairs are temporary... it's not a permanent state
    3. he's installing - again, something temporary, somewhat occasional, right?
    4. is driving VS drives? I'd say "is driving" but I'm not sure why
    5. doesn't seem? but why? simply because we wouldn't use seem with -ing?
    6. is bothering - annoyance?

    thanks in advance
    Something occurs (present tense) when something is being in process (present continuous). (Not a teacher)


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    #3

    Re: should I rather use PS or PC?

    thanks,

    can anyone confirm those answers?

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    Smile Re: should I rather use PS or PC?

    If you are supposed to use either the Present Simple or the Present Continuous only, then this is the way I see it:

    Quote Originally Posted by forum_mail View Post
    My neighbour 1 bangs on the walls of his flat when he 2 does repairs. This week he 3 is installing a new bath, and the noise 4 drives me crazy. He 5 doesn't seem to care about the way he 6 is bothering other people.


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    Re: should I rather use PS or PC?

    I agree with engee30 apart from 4 which should be "the noise is driving me crazy"


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    Re: should I rather use PS or PC?

    thanks,

    could you give me some explanation why such a choice?

    here's what I thought;

    1. is banging (because we express annoyance)
    2. is doing VS does? which one and why? I'd say "is doing" since those repairs are temporary... it's not a permanent state
    3. he's installing - again, something temporary, somewhat occasional, right?
    4. is driving VS drives? I'd say "is driving" but I'm not sure why
    5. doesn't seem? but why? simply because we wouldn't use seem with -ing?
    6. is bothering - annoyance?


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    #7

    Re: should I rather use PS or PC?

    I still need an explanation of your choice... thanks

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