Present Verb Tenses

The present tenses of English allow the speaker to express a variety of ideas; transitory and permanent states, the effects of past actions on the present, descriptions of currently ongoing events, etc. The speaker should learn to match the message they want to express to the correct tense.

Present Continuous

Actions that are happening right now: The BMX rider is jumping. Actions that are happening during the present block of time or recently: I am going to the gym quite often (recently). | She is studying really hard for her exam this month. Actions that are...

Present Simple

Things that are always true: The sun is hot. Things that are generally true or true at the moment: She likes ice-cream (but maybe not ALL ice-cream ALL the time!). How regularly we do things: I swim twice a week. States (verb “to be” + adjective): I am...
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