I am reading a book. It says there is a bakery owner who wants everyone will be hungry for one thing - his donuts! So he invented a special donut recipe. As result, his donuts are turning people into zombies after they had his donuts.

As long as I am selling lots of donuts, who cares?

As long as I can sell lots of donuts, who cares?

I wonder why the author write the sentence in present progressive instead of present simple. What's difference between the two sentences?

  • "can sell" implies the ability or permission to sell, "am selling" doesn't. I can go swimming whenever I want, but I am not always swimming.
    – Stuart F
    Nov 2, 2023 at 12:44

1 Answer 1


The baker is happy with the present situation because:

  1. He is currently selling a lot of doughnuts.

  2. He is able to sell a lot of doughnuts.

Both are valid ways of expressing the same idea.

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