Questions tagged [present-progressive]

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Is “Are they planning to fly to New York? Is it next week?” right to use the continuous present followed immediately by the simple present? [migrated]

Please consider: Are they planning to fly to New York? Is it next week? Why is that combination of present tense forms used to indicate a future event, first the continuous one and then the the ...
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Present progressive

I am a bit confused. Is it correct to use "being" in present progressive? For example the phrase below: He is being stupid I learned that the present progressive is so: Subject + to be+ verb (ing ...
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'will be V-ing' vs. the present progressive [for future reading]

The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (Page 171-2): [22] i When we get there, they’ll probably still be having lunch. [aspectual meaning] ii Will you be going to the shops this ...
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The book is/lies/sits on the table

You're describing a book's location at the moment of speaking. a. The book is on the table (right now). b. The book lies on the table (right now). c. The book sits on the table (right now)...
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Is the relation between the present perfect/progressive and the present time merely coincidental?

This is from an interview with Britt Robertson (American actress). Q: You're the oldest of seven kids. What's that like? It's hard. You know, they're all much younger than me and they're ...
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appreciate + present continuous

I want to ask someone to send me some information and I think that I have those two options: a) I would appreciate you sending me this information. b) I would appreciate if you sent me this ...
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Using the Present Progressive when describing a situation

I've noticed that use, and I like to learn more about the theory behind it. In that sense, why to choose this tense over the Simple Present. For example: When you are walking around Denver and ...
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present continuous tense or be going to?

Do you think it's correct if I use present continuous tense in this sentence? Tonight, Mike and I are watching a film at home. I think present continuous is used for arrangement. But my teacher ...
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to be in present progressive

Sometimes in songs I see sentences in present progressive without verb to be, like - she getting down. Is it right?
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'talking about' vs 'talk about'

I came across the following sentence on the internet: "When we are talking about possession, relationships, illnesses and characteristics of people or things we can use either have or have got." Is ...
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Negation of progressive tenses in questions

I want to conjugate the verb "accept" in the progressive form for past, present and future tenses AS A QUESTION IN THE NEGATIVE. But I am confused about which approach is correct: Scenario: Given the ...
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What's the difference between “will turn on” and “going to turn on ”? [duplicate]

I was playing an ESL Future Tenses Review Game when I came across the following question: You and your friend are reading. It's getting dark and you decide to turn on the light. You stand up and ...
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Why do certain verbs not agree with the preposition “for”?

These two sentences seem the same to me: *I watch it for practicing English (wrong) I use it for practicing English But the first seems wrong while the other is fine. Do "Watch" or "Listen ...
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Specific use of Present Continuous

Could anyone please clarify this specific use of the Present Continuous for me? The following two excerpts are taken from movies: 1) Malcolm in the Middle He's giving that same lecture to younger ...
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Present perfect continuous vs. Passive [duplicate]

"have been locked in the bathroom for hours". So i have a couple of questions. First Is it present perfect continuous or present perfect? Second if it is present perfect then why perfect continuous ...
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I feel relieved vs I am feeling relieved

Today in a newspaper I read this sentence, For the first time in three months I have eaten something. I feel relieved. So my question is that why can't I use present continuous? Using present ...
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Which verbs cannot be used in the progressive form in any case?

We know for a fact that if a stative predicate is used in the progressive form, it will change the meaning of the sentence, e.g. 'I have a car' / 'I'm having a headache', where in the former a ...
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“Look! The sun rises” vs. “Look! The sun is rising”

I know that theoretically you can use both statements in English: a) Look! The sun rises. b) Look! The sun is rising. But is anybody (who is a native speaker) saying "Look! The sun rises."? In ...
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Does “I like my new car” express a permanent or temporary state?

We all know that Simple Present is normally used for "more permanent state" & Present Continuous for "more temporary state" (Source) She lives with her parents. We use the present simple ...
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Should we categorize “She is fat” as a temporary process or a permanent one? [closed]

Simple present is used to show a fact Cats like milk. Birds do not like milk. Do pigs like milk? ABC city is in the country XNZ. Speakers sometimes use the Simple Present to ...
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“it will take place” vs “it is taking place” (arranged actions in the future)

I've been trying to find an answer to a question that has been bugging me for quite some time now: If I have to express future in an action already planned and arranged can I use both I will + ...
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Present Progressive used where Present Simple should be

Please look at the sentence: "In Moscow, people hurry to wherever they are going" This is a sentence that describes what people do on a regular basis/day to day, therefore demanding the use of the ...
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The reasoning behind the present progressive representing a future event

I'm leaving next week. As shown here, the present progressive can represent an event that will happen in the future. I'm wondering what's the reasoning behind this feature. The one I can think of ...
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Using 'is changing' with continuous action

A discussion recently came up on Duolingo (not the English course) about whether it would be appropriate to use the progressive tense with a continuous action, like something that happens every day. I ...
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Present progressive for “decided” future with no human agency

The present progressive is very often used to describe future events that are already decided due to fixed plans or arrangements: I'm getting married next month. We're getting new furniture for the ...
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Using stative verb “want” in progressive

Some days ago I found an interesting question. As I know we can use some stative verbs in continuos with a difference in meaning. There are two sentences: We'd been wanting to go to New Zealand ...
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Present Progressive Instead of Present Simple

I've had much discussion with many people about a certain use of Present Progressive tense instead of Present Simple tense. I perfectly well know that Present Simple speaks of habitual actions, events,...
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Telling present participles and gerunds apart

"I have started swimming." This could mean I have just started moving my arms. Or it could mean that I have enrolled in swimming classes. To my mind one interpretation is a present participle and the ...
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Does “I have been waiting for you” mean that “I am still waiting”?

Assume that I was waiting for someone for several hours and finally, he/she arrived to the meeting late. I wonder whether I say "I have been waiting for you", it means that I am still "waiting" or not....
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Is it the right way to use present continuous when talking about the future? [duplicate]

Some websites say Sometimes, speakers use the Present Continuous to indicate that something will or will not happen in the near future. Examples: I am meeting some friends after work. I am not ...
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Non finite clauses

I wonder if you guys can help me? I'm really struggling to identify non-finite clauses as the online definitions (infinitives and -ing forms) don't seem adequate to explain them. For example, in the ...
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Is present continuous necessary to describe a current ongoing process?

I realize that idiomatically the present continuous is used to describe a current ongoing process, but is the tense necessary? Could the present tense with a current adverb suffice? Is it grammatical ...
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“Whenever I discuss X, people don't know what I'm talking about” — why the progressive tense?

Consider the two sentences: Whenever I discuss X, people don't know what I'm talking about. Whenever I discuss X, people don't know what I talk about. I think the first one should be ...
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Simple present, or present continuous?

Which one is correct: Today, she talks to me by phone from the middle of Italy. What is she doing there? She is working on her novel. In the first sentence, is the tense correct, with the ...
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“I'm always (being) asked silly questions!” Doesn't the continuous verb form sound a bit awkward compared to the simple one?

In order to emphasise the annoying aspect of a habit – be it someone else's or one's own – a continuous tense instead of a simple one is used: People are always asking me silly questions! ...
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Present Simple vs Present Continuous

I was doing some exercises and I stumbled upon something that isn't very clear to me. I have to fill in the gaps and explain why I use Simple Present or Present Continuous. I (to be) furious with ...
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“Why don't they help him?” Why do we use simple present here?

CONTEXT You are walking in the street and you see an old man on the other side stumble and fall to the ground. He tries to get up but he can’t. Nobody is helping him. You say, to no-one in ...
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She's always knowing something she's not supposed to

She's always knowing something she's not supposed to. Is this sentence correct? Why? Why not? Are we dealing with a so called "present progressive"?
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Use of the present continuous to refer to timetabled events

One of the things that is constantly confusing for English language learners, but comes with ease to native speakers, is when to use present continuous and when to use present simple. Because of this,...
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Present Continuous or Present Simple?

Could you tell me if the sentence below is grammatically correct? We usually grow vegetables in our garden, but this year we are not growing any. I'm not completely sure that in the second part of ...
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Disagreement between “He's making…” and “He makes…” [closed]

The sentence is: He {the verb to make} rude comments about my clothes every time I see him! I filled in: He makes rude comments about my clothes every time I see him! My teacher said it was ...
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Present Perfect Progressive in scientific writing?

Scientific writing is generally supposed to be written in present tense (focus on proof of the existence of the result, not how the author arrived at it). However, I have a case where this results in ...
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He uses my car for one hour every day. vs He has been using my car for one hour every day

What is the difference between Present Simple and Present Perfect Continuous when we use them for "something that happens again and again in the present". Ex: He uses my car for one hour every day. ...
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“She's being obnoxious” - is my intuition correct?

Consider the sentence: She's being obnoxious. I know what the sentence means: she is not usually obnoxious, but she is right now. Now, what I'm interested in is why the verb be here in the ...
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What tense is “I see that …” [closed]

For example, in "I see that you have a new car." the "I see" seems to imply something like "I am seeing now" or "I noticed", rather than the usual present simple tense connotation of a habit or ...
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Q: Why isn't he answering? A: 1) He must have already slept 2) … must have been sleeping? [closed]

I didn't reply to a ping in the chatroom. The English enthusiast suggested this about me at the time: He must have already slept. Hours (and dreams) later, I came back, I saw the above sentence, ...
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“I'm always going by bike” vs. “I always go by bike”

Premise I hate translation work. On the other hand, proofreading somebody's English written work is fine as long as I can speak to that person face-to-face. Nuances, ambiguities, false friends etc. ...
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Present tense: “saying” vs. “says” [closed]

I am translating an ebook for A1-German learners. Most of it is written in the present tense. I am writing a lot of dialogue. Is it correct to use the present progressive or not? Your help will be ...
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When do I use Present Continuous for near future instead of “be going to”?

I am reading this lesson about present continuous. As the writer states USE 3 Near Future Sometimes, speakers use the Present Continuous to indicate that something will or will not happen in the ...
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Present Simple vs Present Continuous for future actions [duplicate]

I know we can use both Present Simple and Present Continuous to describe future actions. But I don't know when to use the correct form. For example: We fly to Paris next week. We are flying to ...