should I rather use PS or PC?

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

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

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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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