“I feel fine this morning”, why? He feels fine all morning, it means that this action takes a long time, so we must use present continuous.

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  1. I feel fine this morning, but I was very tired last night.

If both variants are right, please, share the rules about present simple in this case.

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    You could equally well say 'I am feeling fine this morning'. I suppose the speaker means that he feels fine at the present moment, but adds '...this morning' because he goes on to make a comparison with how he felt last night. There is no rule, but both versions are acceptable. Aug 16, 2019 at 9:50
  • Thanks!!<3 Do you mean “present moment” something which is not continuous? Present moment=fleeting moment?
    – Vladimir
    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:15
  • By at the present moment I just meant now! Obviously the 'feeling fine' is a continuing state, but an English speaker is just as likely to say 'I feel fine' without any difference in meaning. See Shoe's answer below. Aug 16, 2019 at 13:20

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Both I feel fine and I'm feeling fine are grammatical (although this nGram shows the former is a lot more common than the latter).

Swan in Practical English Usage (p455) in 'Present tenses: Advanced points - section 7: I feel / I'm feeling' says:

Verbs that refer to physical feelings (e.g. feel, hurt, ache) can often be used in simple or progressive tenses without much difference of meaning.

  • How do you feel? OR How are you feeling?
  • My head aches. OR > My head is aching.
  • Impressive find (or memory). Aug 16, 2019 at 10:21
  • @Edwin Ashworth. Swan can usually be relied on to have something clear and concise about such simple grammatical issues.
    – Shoe
    Aug 16, 2019 at 10:24

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