can I use present continuous and present simple in one sentence, like in my writings below?

1."There is no bird singing without a reason so don't tell me you cry for no cause."

2."The moments I don't think about you, I just think about why I'm not thinking about you"

  • There is no rule in English about using those two tenses in a sentence except that they have to make sense.Bu the way, in 1) there is no present continuous at all.
    – Lambie
    Mar 5, 2019 at 16:59
  • In 1., a comma is required after reason; else it looks fused. In 2., check if it is "The moments..." or "The moment....
    – Ram Pillai
    Jan 19, 2021 at 4:05
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    Perhaps more fundamental than any of that is that you begin a sentence with a capital letter.
    – WS2
    May 19, 2021 at 8:07

1 Answer 1

  1. You can use all tenses in one sentence if you so desire.


    I believe that all languages are able to do that.

  2. in your first sentence no bird singing singing is a Gerund not an active verb.

  • Nah, "no bird singing" in this sentence is gerund.
    – Rusty Core
    Mar 5, 2019 at 22:03
  • I stand corrected. Apr 29, 2019 at 21:44

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