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    Present continuous with simple present meaning

    A person is telling an interviewer about what she does daily
    "At the same time as I am getting ready for bed, my husband is getting up."

    My question:
    We use present continuous to express negative feeling like "he is always singing. His voice is horrible". However, I am not sure why we use present continuous in the above sentence. She was telling about what she does everyday.

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    Re: Present continuous with simple present meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by J_Caesar View Post
    A person is telling an interviewer about what she does daily
    "At the same time as I am getting ready for bed, my husband is getting up."

    My question:
    We use present continuous to express negative feeling like "he is always singing. His voice is horrible". However, I am not sure why we use present continuous in the above sentence. She was telling about what she does everyday.
    I don't know who told you about a link between the present continuous (progressive) and negative feelings. There's no such connection. We use the present continuous most of the time to talk about what we're doing, feeling, saying, etc.

    Yes, usually she would say "At the same time as I get ready for bed, my husband gets up". It's a habitual action, so the simple present tense is usually used. However, in this case, she is using the continuous tense for rhetorical purposes. She's trying the place the action in the immediate present to make it more interesting to the interviewer and the readers.
    This type of tense change is often used for stories and jokes eg,
    Joke: "A man walks into a bar ..." Present tense for a past action.
    Story: "So, I go up to this chick, and I say ..." Present tense for a past action. It makes the story seem more alive. It's informal use.

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    Re: Present continuous with simple present meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I don't know who told you about a link between the present continuous (progressive) and negative feelings. There's no such connection. We use the present continuous most of the time to talk about what we're doing, feeling, saying, etc.
    I told him/her.
    Ex: He is always losing his keys.

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    Re: Present continuous with simple present meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by banderas View Post
    I told him/her.
    Ex: He is always losing his keys.

    And do you still believe it, or have you had time to reconsider?
    How about "He's always doing good for people", "He's developing a more positive attitude", "I'm having lunch with my beautiful wife and children".
    "I'm feeling so much love for you at the moment".
    None of these sound negative to me.

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    Re: Present continuous with simple present meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by banderas View Post
    I told him/her.
    Ex: He is always losing his keys.
    Is the follow-up also negative: "I'm always finding them"?

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    Re: Present continuous with simple present meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    And do you still believe it, or have you had time to reconsider?
    How about "He's always doing good for people", "He's developing a more positive attitude", "I'm having lunch with my beautiful wife and children".
    "I'm feeling so much love for you at the moment".
    None of these sound negative to me.
    I do believe it, it is not my theory, though.

    We use the present continuous with words such as "always" to talk about things that happen repeatedly (sometimes to say that something is irritating or annoying).
    She's always complaining about how difficult her life is.

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    Re: Present continuous with simple present meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by banderas View Post
    I do believe it, it is not my theory, though.

    We use the present continuous with words such as "always" to talk about things that happen repeatedly (sometimes to say that something is irritating or annoying).
    She's always complaining about how difficult her life is.
    "She's always kissing me in the right places".
    "He's always trying to be helpful"
    You're flogging a dead horse, and I certainly hope no-one else has taken your post seriously in this regard. If you've made a mistake - which we all do at times - simply acknowledge that, learn from it, and move on.

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    Re: Present continuous with simple present meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "She's always kissing me in the right places".
    "He's always trying to be helpful"
    You're flogging a dead horse, and I certainly hope no-one else has taken your post seriously in this regard. If you've made a mistake - which we all do at times - simply acknowledge that, learn from it, and move on.
    So you say it is not true that:
    We use the present continuous with words such as "always" to talk about things that happen repeatedly (sometimes to say that something is irritating or annoying)?

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    Re: Present continuous with simple present meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by banderas View Post
    So you say it is not true that:
    We use the present continuous with words such as "always" to talk about things that happen repeatedly (sometimes to say that something is irritating or annoying)?
    No, I'm saying that we don't use the present continuous for negative events any more than we do for positive events. There is no correlation. But this was your original claim, at least as implied by the original poster, and you have not yet denied it.

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    Re: Present continuous with simple present meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    No, I'm saying that we don't use the present continuous for negative events any more than we do for positive events. There is no correlation. But this was your original claim, at least as implied by the original poster, and you have not yet denied it.
    It is clear now. I thought that you denied using the present continous for negative events at all.
    By the way, I never said that we do not use the present continous for positive events.

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