Hello and welcome back to the blog. Today we will focus on the difference between the present simple and the present continuous tenses and their functions.

We use the present simple to talk about an action we do generally, that is, it is a habit. For example, I wake up at 7am every day. It doesn’t mean what I am doing right now, but, as said before, expresses an idea of a routine or habitual activity. Other examples include: I speak English, I like football, I go to work every day. We form it by using the subject (for example ‘I’) and the verb (for example ‘speak’).

On the other hand, the present continuous talks about an action we are doing right now, not necessarily something we do in general. Examples of this include: I am sitting down, I am listening to music, I am writing this blog. We form the present continuous tense in a different way to the present simple. We still use the subject and the verb, but we add the verb ‘to be’ (I am, you are etc..) and the gerund at the end of the verb. For example, I+am+eat+ing.

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