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2010-02-12 00:16:54
Present Continuous and simple Present

I am doing and I do
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  1. Present continuous

    I am doing

    Happening at the moment
    Present continuous (I am doing) : We use present continuous for something that is happening at or around the time to speaking. the action is not finished.

    • I am doing
    • Past now Future

    • -The water is boiling. Could you turn it off
    • -Listen to those people. What language are they speaking?
    • -Let's go out. It isn't raining now.
    • -A: Don't disturb me. I"m busy.
    • B: Why? What are you doing?
    • -I'm going to bed now. Good night
    • -Maria is in Vancouver now. She's learning English

    • Use the present continuous for temporary situations:
    • I'am living with some friends until I find and apartment.
    • "You're working hard today." "yes, I've got a lot to do.
  2. Simple present

    I do
    more then once
    • Simple present (I do)
    • We use the simple present for things in general or thing that happen repeatedly

    • I do
    • Past Now future

    • -Water boils at 100 degrees Celsius
    • -Excuse me, do you speak English?
    • -I doesn't rain very much in the summer
    • -What do you usually do on weekends?
    • -what do you do (= what's your job?)
    • -I always go to bed before midnight.
    • -Most people learn to swim when they are children.

    • Use the simple present for permanent situations:
    • -My parents live in Boston. They have lived there all their lives.
    • -John isn't lazy. He works very hard most of the time.
  3. Sample

    I always do and I'm always doing
    Usually we say "I always do something" (I do it every time):
    I always go to work by car (not i'm always going)
    you can also say "I'm always doing something," but this has different meaning.

    • I've lost my key again. I'm always losing things.
    • "I'm always losing things" does not mean that I lose things every time. It means that I lose things too often or more often than normal.
    • You're always -ing means that you do something very often, more often than the speaker things is normal or reasonable.
    • You're always watching TV. You should do something more active
    • you watch TV often
    • John is never satisfied. He's always complaining.
    • He complain often.