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Teachbook issue:

I (to miss) your excellent cooking!

Why "I miss" in the book answers mentioned instead of "I am missing"?

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    There are any number of forms of the verb that could fit into that sentence. Among them are (1) I miss your cooking, (2) I am missing your cooking, (3) I missed your cooking, (4) I was missing your cooking, (5) I will miss your cooking, and (6) I will be missing your cooking. What are you actually asking? Apr 25, 2020 at 15:12

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Let's compare the choices:

  1. I miss your excellent cooking! (simple present)

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  1. I am missing your excellent cooking! (present continuous)

The first sentence is preferred. The second one sounds like something a foreign speaker would say.

Why?

Part of the reason might be "that's just how it is, in English", but it can be analyzed further:

The simple present verb tense means "in general". So, "usually, often, always, in general, I miss your cooking."

The present continuous means "an activity at this moment". So, "right now, I am missing your cooking. But not yesterday, or last week. Not tomorrow, and not next week. Only right now."

Which would you rather imply about their cooking? Wouldn't it be a much nicer complement to say you always miss them? That may explain why the simple present is used in this case.

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