First of all, English is not my native language.

My question is about this sentence: "Hakan passes to Cihan and Cihan shoots__and it’s a goal!"

Let's say that a presenter is saying this during football match. My question is: Why do we use the simple present tense but not present continuous tense in the following sentence?

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    I can think of a few reasons, but I'm not convinced that any of them are actual reasons rather than justifications in hindsight. Both options are theoretically fine, but only one is actually idiomatic. Whenever there's more than one way to say something, one of them has to be the more customary. When learning a language, go with what people actually say and not with what they could have said instead. Saves time and sanity. But yeah, ultimately I think "Hakan passes" makes sense for much the same reason we say "it's a goal" and not "it's being a goal". – RegDwigнt Jun 10 '18 at 11:53
  • Would you say 'Hakan was passing to Cihan and Cihan was shooting and missing' or 'Hakan passed to Cihan and Cihan shot and missed'? – Edwin Ashworth Jun 10 '18 at 14:13

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