What tense are 'I eat' and 'I am eating' in?
Present Simple is used to talk about habits, routines, or facts that are true all the time. Present Progressive is used to talk about actions that are happening now or in the near future. Present Simple often has a 'timeless truth' feel to it, while Present Progressive has a more 'temporary' feel.
Present Simple and Present Progressive
Present Simple: The Present Simple is a verb tense that expresses an action that is happening in the present, usually as a habit or a regular occurrence. Present Progressive: The Present Progressive is a verb tense that expresses an action in the present that is ongoing, temporary, or unfinished. Time Expressions: Different verb tenses are used to express actions that happen in the present, past, or future. Time expressions can be used to show when the action happens.
The present simple tense is used to describe habitual actions or events that occur in a general time frame. The present progressive tense is used to describe an action or event that is currently happening. The present progressive tense can also be used to describe a future action or event that has been planned.
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Work together in pairs: Q: What is the difference between the present simple and present progressive verb forms?
Work together in pairs: What is the difference between the present simple and present progressive tenses?
Brain break: Draw a treehouse with monkeys swinging from the branches and a parrot sitting at the window.
Which sentence is in the present simple tense?
- She plays the piano every day.
- She is playing the piano every day.
Which sentence is in the present progressive tense?
- He is eating dinner now.
- He eats dinner at 6pm.
What verb form do you use for present simple?
- Base form of verb
- -ing form of verb
What verb form do you use for present progressive?
- To be + -ing form of verb
- -ed form of verb
Which sentence uses present simple incorrectly?
- I am studying English two days a week.
- I study English three times a week.