1. beehoney

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    What is the difference between simple present and present progressive?

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by beehoney, Nov 14, 2017 at 3:03 PM.

    Hey Guys,


    So, now we talk about times. I don’t check the difference between simple present and present progressive except the progressive thing is with the be-words and “-ing”. I mean you use these times to say it happens now.

    But what’s the difference when I say “I write the letter to Cleo.” or “I’m writing the letter to Cleo.”?

    Could you explain me this?


    bye,

    beehoney
     
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  2. Kwills79

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    Below is a link to a website that explains it pretty well. I copied and pasted the definition they used and it definitely helps clarify it. Hope that helps!

    "We use the present simple tense when we want to talk about fixed habits or routines – things that don't change. We use the present continuous to talk about actions which are happening at the present moment, but will soon finish."
    Present Simple and Present Continuous | Learn English
    https://www.ecenglish.com/learnenglish/present-simple-and-present-continuous
     
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    Hard to describe...but "I'm writing a (note that I'm using the indefinite article, because it's a letter, just a letter, not THE letter) letter to Cleo." is something that obviously takes time (unless you can write at infinite words per minute!) so I was writing it a moment ago, I will be writing it in a moment's time, and I'm also writing it right here and now.

    Whereas "I write a letter to Cleo" is something that's finished with.
     
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    "I write the letter to Cleo" is, I believe, incorrect. A more correct use might be:

    "I write my letters to Cleo on Thursdays".

    Some examples:

    Simple present: We eat dinner on the deck.
    Present progressive: We are eating dinner.

    Simple present: I put my shoes on one at a time.
    Present progressive: I'm putting on my shoes.

    Simple present: I play Pink Martini on the radio when I drive.
    Present progressive: I am playing Pink Martini

    Simple present: I use this brush to groom the cat.
    Present progressive: I'm using a brush to groom the cat.
     
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