Does it rain a lot? Or do you want to emphasis that something is only going on for a limited rather short period of time? Denise: Oh, I'm sorry, I can't. My father as a teacher. Certain verbs The following verbs are usually only used in Present Perfect Simple not in the progressive form. Future arrangements We use the present continuous to talk or ask about future actions that are already planned or decided. It does not matter whether the homework is completed now. . Colin is playing football now.
They always go on holiday by train. We use the present continuous to talk about things you are doing now. Are you working on Monday? We can think of work on Monday as something fixed. They work in a bank. Structure of present simple positive negative question I work in a bank. Their prices be inexpensive, yet the quality of their work is quite good. In negative sentences: Do you want to express how much time has past since the last time the action took place or since the beginning of the action? Duration how long I have been writing for an hour.
Do I work in a bank? Don't forget to take your umbrella. Present simple vs present continuous — form Present simple — short forms We normally use short forms in spoken English. Justin write, currently a book about his adventures in Tibet. I don't work in a bank. Every day I to work. I coffee right now, but I actually tea.
That is why I am in Paris. Do you want to express what has happened so far or how long an action has been going on yet? She studies law in a London, but she is working as a waitress in Brighton during the summer holiday. My dad makes dinner every evening. Simple Present Present Progressive in general regularly, often, never Colin plays football every Tuesday. He doesn't does not work in a bank. Do you want to express that something is arranged for the near future? Meaning: He is a permanent resident of this town.
She doesn't does not work in a bank. We use the present simple to talk about routines — what you do every day or every week. You don't work in a bank. You work in a bank. Meaning: My homework is completed now.
Example: lie - l ying See also explanations on and Use In general or right now? B: How many brothers do you have? Present Perfect Simple Present Perfect Progressive desired result I have washed the car. I still a pain in my arm, but it better. This is not a rule, however, only a tendency. The children in their bedrooms at present. We use the Present Perfect Progressive to emphasise the duration or continuous course of an action.
Every afternoon, my son lunch in the school cafeteria and he a book in the backyard. I hate living in Seattle because it rain, always. Adverbs of frequency We often use the present simple with adverbs of frequency always, sometimes, etc. Jane often basketball after school, but he to play today. We work in a bank.
Simple Present Present Progressive daily routine Bob works in a restaurant. Future events that are timetabled We use the present simple to talk about future events that are scheduled or timetabled. It does not matter whether the car is clean now. Every Monday, Sally drive her kids to football practice. In the exercises, you can put your knowledge to the test. They take a taxi to the station, check the timetable and get on the train.
She eats fruit every day. Present Perfect Simple Present Perfect Progressive Emphasis on completion I have done my homework. Does he work in a bank? The business cards be, normally printed by a company in New York. Meaning: It's years ago that I last played that game. I almost always by car when I on a vacation. In many cases, both forms are correct, but there is often a difference in meaning: We use the Present Perfect Simple mainly to express that an action is completed or to emphasise the result. Verbs that are not used in the Present Progressive The following verbs are not generally used in a progressive form.