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I know for what present simple and present continuous are being used. What has bothered me for a longest of times is WHY are the names so illogical.

You use present SIMPLE to state something that ALWAYS happens. (one of use cases)

You use present CONTINUOUS for something TEMPORARY happening right now. (one of use cases)

How is that naming logical? I would sooner have it the other way around. If someone knows a good reason or a story behind it, it would help me to stop pausing for 5 seconds and think each time before I name the correct form. Even a simple memo better than "it's opposite of logical" would help.

  • I can't that is why I asked. – DanteTheSmith Nov 28 '17 at 15:44
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    I thought that in verb conjugation, simple usually means one word. Consider French – passé simple: il fut; passé composé: il a été. Similarly for German – simple past: ich ging; compound past: ich bin gegangen (note that these aren't the only names for these German tenses; but they are used). – Peter Shor Nov 28 '17 at 16:36
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    'Continuous' here means 'continuing' (in progress). It is meant to focus on the action without considering its completion. 'Simple' here means 'efficient to say' -- it is only habitual in the present form. – AmI Nov 28 '17 at 21:45

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