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Suppose that a friend of mine is Thai and he usually lives in Thailand. Now he is in Australia and he is going to live in Australia for only a few years.

Should I say “A friend of mine is living in Australia” rather than “A friend of mine lives in Australia”? Is that right?

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Actually, I would say, "A friend of mine is living in Australia for a year."

'Lives in Australia' implies a permanent (or at least as far as plans can be known) arrangement while 'is living in' implies a more temporary situation. But as above, I would always qualify it with a time period. Or you could say, "A friend of mine is currently living in Australia."

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Both are possible. The progressive emphasizes on the duration of living, while the simple present does not. I would use the progressive, but that doesn't mean the other is incorrect.

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