What is the difference between

  1. This plan makes sense.

  2. You aren't making any sense.

Why do we use "make sense" with present simple?

  • Do you know the difference in general between simple present and present progressive?
    – gotube
    Commented Jul 10, 2023 at 7:01

1 Answer 1


The first example is in the present simple because it is stating a truth, a simple fact. A plan works or it doesn't. A plan can either make sense or not.

  1. This plan works.
    My plan makes a lot of sense.
    This plan doesn't work.
    Your plan doesn't make any sense.

However, it's possible to talk about a plan that is currently working, maybe we witness an evil plan unfolding itself in real time. When we speak about an action that is in progress, the Present Continuous tense is commonly used.

  1. You're working long hours.
    My plan is working perfectly.
    You are making a lot of sense.
    I hear what you're saying, but you aren't making any sense.

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