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Simple Present Tense and Present Progressive Tense

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Simple Present Tense for Habitual Actions

The simple present is the tense you use for any habitual action. Use it for things that you always do, are regular or true.

Lisa likes football.
Water boils at 100 °C.
I don't eat meat.
I clean my room every day.

Present Progressive Tense for Current Action

The present progressive tense is for anything that is happening right now. Progressive tense verbs end with "-ing" and have a helping verb ("to be" verb, in the present tense). We can also use it to talk about temporary actions, trends and things that are happening these days.

She is reading a newspaper.
People are using social media more than ever.
They are all playing in the garden.
I am watching a great TV series.

Now complete these sentences using the correct tense:

  • 1) She never ___ alcohol.

  • 2) Tom is ___ his dog.

  • 3) We ___ to the store soon.

  • 4) Are you still ___ in Manchester?

  • 5) The bus ___ every evening at 9 PM.

  • 6) Dogs ___ meat.

  • 7) We hardly ever ___ TV.

  • 8) I ___ at my friend's house at the moment.

  • 9) Does she ___ English?

  • 10) Please be quiet, the baby ___.