Present Simple or Present Continuous

Present Simple or Present Continuous

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Simple Present

Present Progressive

in general (regularly, often, never)Colin plays football every Tuesday.present actions happening one after another

First Colin plays football, then he watches TV.

right nowLook! Colin is playing football now.also for several actions happening at the same time

Colin is playing football and Anne is watching.

Signal words
  • always
  • every …
  • often
  • normally
  • usually
  • sometimes
  • seldom
  • never
  • first
  • then
  • at the moment
  • at this moment
  • today
  • now
  • right now
  • Listen!
  • Look!
Note: The following verbs are usually only used in Simple Present:
be, have, hear, know, like, love, see, smell, think, want

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