- By clicking submit you agree to the Terms and Conditions.
- By clicking submit you are agreeing to the Terms and Conditions.
Which is correct? Why?
Of those two sentences only the first is grammatical. The correct form of the second would be
In clicking submit you are agreeing to the Terms and Conditions
The "are" + "-ing" form of verbs takes place within the action or in the moment. It requires two points A and B in time, between which the action is ongoing.
I agree with Born2Smile. Continuous tenses are designed to indicate an activity or process in progress at a certain time; that is not the case here so the present simple is better ...you agree....
There is a growing tendency to use the present continuous inappropriately, and I detest this tendency with a vengeance. I found the following a while ago:
When risk trades are in vogue, silver is rocketing higher alongside of the rest of the commodity complex. When traders are avoiding risk and jettisoning the risk trades in favour of bonds or cash, the entire commodity complex seems to be following the exact same path as silver, namely down.
Personally, I would not use the -ing ending even once in this paragraph.
I partly agree to Born2Smile but I am not agreeing to Ashu.
The second clause of the sentence above looks really awkward. So does "By clicking Submit you are agreeing to the Terms and Conditions."
In clicking submit sounds awkward too. I would rather go and agree some terms and conditions than agreeing with people here. Oh yes, it sounds nice there, but you are agreeing doesn't. A modified version (why do we need this, anyway?) could be, By clicking submit, you are in agreement of the Terms and Conditions, if we want to, for some reason, use you are at all costs.