Differences between these two tenses:
|Used to express facts/permanent situation and habits/routines||Used to express an action that is happening now and a temporary situation|
|My best friend lives in London (fact)||A: what are you doing?B: I’m studying because tomorrow I’ve got an important test. (an action happening now)|
|I buy the newspaper every morning (routine)||Peter is working in a restaurant because he’s got school holidays at the moment. (temporary situation)|
Remember – Some verbs (called state verbs) are never used with the present continuous. e.g. need, want, love, like, know, understand, hate, remember etc.
created by Tess Giordmaina
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