I've had much discussion with many people about a certain use of Present Progressive tense instead of Present Simple tense. I perfectly well know that Present Simple speaks of habitual actions, events, and facts. What about Present Progressive? It is a rather young tense in English and I really intend to understand it's usage in the way of describing habitual actions, events, and facts. I'll give you some examples:
- I eat every day!
- I am eating every day!
It's perfectly clear that Present Simple here is more appropriate. It describes the fact that you consume food every single day. But, "I am eating every day," can mean that you are sick and tired of it, yet you have to do it or else you'll die. I can mean that it's a fact that exists now. What if in 3 years time you'll become a robot and you won't have to eat, supposingly? It means that it's not a fact any more, if we look into the future, and it's happening now starting from the past and will be like that until it changes. Can't it also mean that you like the process of eating and you enjoy it, and that is why you said that in Present Progressive?
- At seven in the morning, every morning, I'm waking up and then I am brushing my teeth. I love it so much.
What if some day you won't wake up at seven in the morning? But you do, don't you?
- The Moon is going round Earth!
You'll say, "Hey, man. The Moon goes round Earth," and you will be right. But in an uncertain amount of centuries it won't. The Moon may probably not even exist. It can happen any moment! So we are saying that it is going round Earth. Though it's a fact.
Another good example of poetic English:
- The sun is rising in the east!
- The sun rises in the east due to grammar rules.
My choice would be the Present Progressive. It's a fact but not an everlasting one. theoretically nothing is everlasting - timeless.
- I'm seeing you every day!
- I'm having coffee at 9am every day.
They all mean that you are in the process but this process occurs regularly (every day).
By the way:
- I'm thinking you should go there!
It's not an every day action, yet most people say that it's incorrect, why? can't I be thinking at the moment? I don't always think, feel, see, understand and e.t.c.
- The teacher is explaining simple rules and I'm understanding him, then he starts explaining difficult rules and I am no longer understanding him.
- Every day at 8:15am I'm going to work.
I'm in the process of going to work, not that I start this event at exactly 8:15am, but this occurs every day.
Or for example:
- Somebody is doing a massage and asks the person, "Are you liking it?"
How come this is incorrect? Why ask, "Do you like it?" I'm really not understanding this!
- It is snowing every winter.
- It snows every winter.
Can't there be a winter when there is no snow? Anyway, I can give many examples. I think these will be more than enough for now!