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    Simple Present Vs Present Continuous

    Hi there
    I know how to speak, but recently i'm taking steps through the basis of grammar. as a matter of fact, I've got problem with these two tenses.

    For example:
    I asked my friend "What are you doing these days?"
    He Answered "I'm Studying English"

    Actually He was not reading enlish (Doing Something Right Now) In That time but he used present progressive. (around now)

    Simple Present: Something Becomes Habit. Starts from Past, may continue now, will contineu in future.

    he is studying from past (one year ago), it's continuing and will continue in future. it's more close to Simple Present's Defintion Than In Present Progressive.



    How much time is sufficient in order to sth become HABIT?
    After One year studying, it's not a habit yet?!!!!

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    Re: Simple Present Vs Present Continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by Petros View Post
    Hi there
    I know how to speak, but recently i'm taking steps through the basis of grammar. as a matter of fact, I've got problem with these two tenses.

    For example:
    I asked my friend "What are you doing these days?"
    He Answered "I'm Studying English"

    Actually He was not reading enlish (Doing Something Right Now) In That time but he used present progressive. (around now)

    Simple Present: Something Becomes Habit. Starts from Past, may continue now, will contineu in future.

    he is studying from past (one year ago), it's continuing and will continue in future. it's more close to Simple Present's Defintion Than In Present Progressive.



    How much time is sufficient in order to sth become HABIT?
    After One year studying, it's not a habit yet?!!!!
    I asked my friend "What are you doing these days?"
    He Answered "I'm Studying English"
    ( because he has been studying English. He didn't stop studying. So his aswer is correct.)

    Simple Present: Something Becomes Habit. Starts from Past, may continue now, will contineu in future.
    Ex : The sun rises in the east.
    The sun is rising in the east now ( present continuous)


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    Re: Simple Present Vs Present Continuous

    Millions thanks dear friend
    But, Can someone explain more?


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    Re: Simple Present Vs Present Continuous

    At last answer this one:

    John is not at home = simple present & temporary event
    Or
    Am I righ? = simple present & temporary event

    But temporary event is present continuous

    What's the problem?

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    Re: Simple Present Vs Present Continuous

    Quote Originally Posted by Petros View Post
    At last answer this one:

    John is not at home = simple present & temporary event
    Or
    Am I righ? = simple present & temporary event

    But temporary event is present continuous

    What's the problem?
    What's the problem?
    The problem is that your taking these "rules" far too literally and applying them as if they were scientific laws or edicts given by God.

    "John is not at home". This would seem to be a temporary situation. The sentence is in the simple present tense.

    You complain that your friend used the progressive tense, but do you realise you asked the question in the progressive tense?
    I asked my friend "What are you doing these days?" The simple present would be "What do you do these days?" If you had asked this, he might have said, "I study English".
    In any case, this is quite normal. If you ask someone what they do, they might say, "I work in a bank" or "I'm working in a bank". They mean the same thing.

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