I have written this sentence:

When you shop online, it is a big chance you buy something that doesn’t fulfill your expectations.

Is it good or should I use present continuous? I don't know why but present continuous sounds better to me. But from what I have learned, I could use it only if I was online shopping at this specific moment.

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    Either sounds normal to me, (American English) but "it is a big chance" should be "there is a big chance" – bendl Aug 9 '17 at 12:34
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    I'd also say "you'll buy" rather than "you buy". – Max Williams Aug 9 '17 at 12:34
  • Please see also: English Language Learners Good Luck. – Kris Aug 9 '17 at 12:54
  • Sorry, I didn't know about this rule. Could you please explained to me why can I use also present continuous, even when the shopping does not happen at this time. Thank you. – trenccan Aug 9 '17 at 12:56
  • @trenccan I believe it is because you are talking about a hypothetical. The shopping may not be occurring right now, but the sentence talks about something that happens during the act of shopping, therefore present continuous. – bendl Aug 10 '17 at 12:52

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