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It____(rain) frequently in London.
This is the sentence that I am confused with. I have been told that with 'permanent' ideas comes simple present and with 'temporary ' ideas comes present continuous. So is it wrong if I wrote :it is raining frequently in London? I wrote this keeping in mind that raining is not a permanent thing. Is there something I am missing?

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At this situation, the sentence is more suitable for simple present rather than present continuous.

Let's see the condition for using simple present and present continuous

SIMPLE PRESENT

-Habit/fact

-Permanent situations

-Future events which is in a part of a timetable

-Talks about an event in books/plays/films

Present Continuous

-Event which are happening at the moment

-Temporary situations/Situation which changes slowly

-Temporary/new/annoying habits

-100% sure of a future plan

-Talks about an event in pictures/photos

Now, let's see the situation here. We can see that the keyword here is "frequently" means always/fact. So, I won't consider it as a temporary situation but instead I think it's more like a fact. Thus, it's more suitable to use simple present.

  • Oh I see so is there a keyword in every sentence which we should note to check which tense to use. How are we sure that it's a fact? – Shonima Nandakumar Dec 10 '14 at 14:24
  • In what situation you use the word "frequently"? – Simon-Nail-It Dec 10 '14 at 14:26
  • Sorry but I didn't get what you meant? – Shonima Nandakumar Dec 10 '14 at 14:29
  • Let take it this way, frequently and always have the same meaning. Now let's see how you use the word "always" – Simon-Nail-It Dec 10 '14 at 14:31
  • I always play basketball every Sunday – Simon-Nail-It Dec 10 '14 at 14:32
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If you say "It rains frequently in London" you talk about a fact and not about what is going on at the moment. For facts simple present is the normal thing.

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