Could you tell me if there is any difference between I still work and I'm still working? For example:

Person A: Hey, I haven't seen you in ages. What's new with you?

Person B: Same old. I still work/I'm still working at the company.

Generally I'm aware of the difference between the present simple and present continuous, but in the given context I can't see any.

  • If you know the difference, you can apply that here. One is a general statement and the other applies to right now. Two ways to say the same thing.
    – Lambie
    Sep 17, 2021 at 15:19
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    See this NGram comparing I still work there and I'm still working there. Which used to be about equally common, but in recent decades Simple Present work has started to become far more likely. But I suggest that if A and B were both "of a certain age", and A had said something like I retired a couple of years ago. How about you?, B would be much more likely to reply I'm still working, not I still work. Sep 17, 2021 at 16:04

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I you are talking about your continued employment at a company, or just the fact that you aren't retired, then both phrases mean the same.

If you are talking about a task you are engaged in at the moment, then "I am still working." is idiomatic.
But in that context, "I still work." isn't idiomatic.

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