# Do you use present continuous for something that you are not doing right now?

1-A) I study math at school.

1-B) I am studying math at school.

Can I use 1-B when I am not studying math at the moment I am speaking? In my understanding, I use 1-B if the math course is temporary and I will stop studying it after finishing the course. Is it correct?

2-A) I wake up at five these days.

2-B) I am waking up at five these days.

My understanding is that I use 2-B if the habit of waking up early lasts for a short period of time, because I have morning practice for the coming competition, for example, and that I will not wake up at five once the competition is over.

Is my understanding correct?

You are correct in the permanent or temporary thing. There are many differences in the present simple and present continuous, and whether it is temporary or permanent is one of them.

I study math at school.

I am studying math at school.

These two are different. We use the present simple to talk about permanent facts and general truths. On the contrary, we use the present continuous to talk about something temporary.