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G.5.1 - Simple Present

Present simple vs Present Continuous - Elementary Level

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Today's lesson comes from Deborah Jane Cairns, EC Cape Town English language school:

Have or Has

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In present tense sentences and present perfect tenses we use has with the third person singular:

State Verbs

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"This shirt costs $50."

"This shirt is costing $50."

Which is correct? Why?

The first sentence - "This shirt costs $50" - is correct because the price of the shirt is fixed; it's a fixed state and therefore we use a state verb, costs.

what are state verbs?

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'They love it' or 'They are loving it'?

When a verb describes a state and not an action  we do not use the continuous tense. For example, 'play' is an action so we can say 'playing' whereas 'be' is a fixed state which does not change: 'To be, or not to be'.

Present Simple and Present Continuous

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I surf

'I surf / I am surfing.'

What's the difference between the Present Simple / Present Continuous and how to use them.

We use the present simple tense when we want to talk about fixed habits or routines – things that don’t change.