What verb tense should I use for situations that I don't know if they will last forever?

We use the present simple for things that are permanent, for example

I live in the EU.

And we use the present simple for things that are temporary, for example

I'm living in the EU.

But what if I don't know if it will be like this forever or not?

  • We don't usually use the continuous verb form to describe things that are always true. So it's I am British, Water freezes at 0°C, I like candy, NOT I am being British, Water is freezing at 0°C, I am liking candy. In your context, using the continuous form strongly implies I didn't in the past and/or won't in the future live in the EU. Jan 11 at 18:00

We don't change the tense.

I currently live in the EU.


I am currently living in the EU.

We can also say the following:

As of now, I am living in the EU.

All of the above indicate that the situation may be temporary.


As of now, I am living in the EU but there is a possibility I will move to the USA in a few months if they offer me the job I am hoping for.

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