Grammar

Difference Between Simple and Present Continuous Tense

Difference Between Simple and Present Continuous Tense

Difference Between Simple and Present Continuous Tense

Difference Between Simple and Present Continuous Tense

 As we have already studied before, both of Simple Present Tense and Present Continuous Tense are expressing the present activities, it means that the activities happen about the time of speaking. However, both of them have some differences. (Also read : Definition and Examples of Proper Nouns)

The differences can be shown as below:

A. The Simple Present Tense is used for:

  1. Regular actions or events
  • He plays tennis most weekends.
  • We have fasting a month on Ramadhan.
  • I eat rice three times a day.
  1. Facts
  • The sun rises in the east.
  • The earth is round.
  • Water consists of H2O.
  1. Facts known about the future
  • We leave at 8.30 next Monday.
  • They have meeting at 10.00 tomorrow.
  • Persebaya fights to Arema FC next Wednesday.
  1. Thoughts and feelings about the time of speaking
  • I don’t feel very well.
  • This meatball tastes delicious.

B. The Present Continuous is used for:

  1. The time of speaking (‘now’)
  • Shh, I’m trying to hear what they are saying .
  • We are using the Internet.
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  • He is studying English grammar.
  1. Things which are true at the moment but not always
  • We’re looking for a new flat.
  • I’m looking for a new apartment.
  • He’s thinking about leaving his job.
  • They’re considering making an appeal against the judgment.
  • Are you getting enough sleep?
  1. Present plans for the future
  • We’re having dinner with them next week.
  • We’re going on holiday tomorrow.
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  • I’m meeting my boyfriend tonight.
  • Are they visiting you next rainy season?

For getting information about the differences of Simple Present Tense and Present Continuous Tense, let’s look at these examples :

  • I don’t usually have cereals for breakfast but I’m having some this morning because there is nothing else.
  • I often cycle to work but I’m taking the car this morning because it’s
  • raining very hard.
  • I’m thinking about having my hair cut short but I don’t think my
  • husband will be very happy about it.
  • My parents live in Washington but I’m just visiting.
  • She usually plays the violin, but he’s playing bass guitar tonight.
  • The weather forecast was good, but it’s raining at the moment.

Note how, in all these examples, we use the present continuous to talk about events which are temporary/limited in time and the present simple to talk about events which are habits/permanent.

 That’s all the material about Difference Between Simple and Present Continuous Tense we can share for this occasion. We hope the post above can increase our understanding about Grammar, especially about the Difference Between Simple and Present Continuous Tense. (Also read other article at : UAS Bahasa Inggris Kelas 11 Semester 2)

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