Simple Present vs. Present Progressive

 

Simple present tense verbs indicate a habitual action, while present progressive refers to the moment of speech.

I wear contact lenses. (simple present/habitual action)

I am wearing contact lenses. (present progressive/moment of speech)

 

Simple present tense also indicates a permanent situation, while present progressive suggests a temporary situation.

He lives with his mom. (simple present/permanent)

He is living with his mom. (present progressive/temporary)

Finally, simple present tense verbs refer to a specific event, while present progressive verbs refer to a general situation.

What are you doing for Thanksgiving? (simple present/this upcoming Thanksgiving)

What do you do for Thanksgiving? (present progressive/Thanksgiving in general)

 

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