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Following on from fireeeeeee's answer to this question, the example "I eat cereal for breakfast" and the descriptions concerned, please let me know what is the difference between that and the sentence "I am eating cereal for breakfast" being used as a temporary action for present.

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The present simple is used for quite a few different things, but it's not usually used for things happening right now: see this British Council page for more information. For your example

I eat cereal for breakfast

This usage of present simple would be taken as a habitual action... you usually eat cereal for breakfast.

The present continuous is used for things that are happening right now, so if somebody said - maybe on the phone:

I am eating cereal for breakfast

I would assume that the person had put down his or her spoon to answer the phone.

  • Could you please explain Fireeeeeeeee's comment to me? – Babak Aug 24 at 11:58
  • @Babak What are you talking about? Where is this comment? – userr2684291 Aug 24 at 20:21
  • I mean this comment from fireeeeeeeee: ell.stackexchange.com/questions/72479/… – Babak Aug 25 at 3:54
  • @Babak I don't see any comment to you in the question that you referred to: I only see fireeeeeee's answer to hbak's question. Do you understand the difference between answers and comments? What is not clear about fireeeeee's answer? – JavaLatte Aug 25 at 9:02
  • @userr2684291 I am asking you to explain to me fireeeeeeeee's answer to hbak's question. I mean both answers. Thank you in advance. And also Following on from fireeeeeee's answer to this question, the example "I eat cereal for breakfast" and the descriptions concerned, please let me know what is the difference between that and the sentence "I am eating cereal for breakfast" being used as a temporary action for present. – Babak Aug 26 at 6:08

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