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present continuous for a general statement: is it possible?

In fact i live in France but Scott (who lives in Australia) is such a nice guy that he is ok to let me use his address, so each record I buy in Australia is delivered to him, where they are waiting to ...
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Past Simple vs Past Continuous - interrupted past. IS IT THOUGH?

I was always confused by the fact that they call it "interrupted". Let's look at the sentence "The sun was shining when I went out". Nothing is interrupted, is it? Or, say, in this sentence: "When I ...
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Why can't I use Present Perfect Continuous or vice versa Present Perfect forms in these sentences?

He has traveled so much recently that we have not managed to see each other much and I have met someone else. (why not "has been traveling") I have been eating fish and fruit since I got here. (...
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What is the best choice in this case :present perfect simple or continuous?

As I buy many records from Australia, I have an australian friend who collects all the records bought there (I live in France) Today I received an email from my friend , he wanted to know if he could ...
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is past perfect continuous used in this case to emphasize the cause of something

We did not drink very much at all (one vodka each) but other young people had been drinking heavily all evening. Some of the dancers looked quite drunk. I don't understand why it is past perfect ...
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Does present continuous fit in this case (is it the strongest way to express a refusal)

Someone asked me if I wanted to sell him a very rare book I own , can I answer to emphasize my refusal of selling it "I am not selling it" is it stronger than "I am not going to sell it"
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still with a continuous tense, is it possible

However the covid is spreading fast , I still receive parcels from all over the world However the covid is spreading fast , I am still receiving parcels from all over the world I don't know which ...
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Have + Present Perfect Continuous

Doing some tasks in the textbook I stumbled across one sentence. Here is a small dialog. Do you have a headache ? Yes, I've had a headache all morning. Why do we use the present perfect tense ...
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Future meaning: “I'm seeing” vs “ I'll see” [duplicate]

Could you please explain to me why they use the Simple Future "I'll see" in Sentence 8? (in the attached picture). I answered "I'm seeing" because i thought that "the meeting is set (tomorrow) and ...
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continuous in this case, does it fit?

Just would like to know if I can say because of the cov19? my shop has been closing down for two days I think it is not possible to use the continuous because what we emphasize here is also the ...
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problem with continuous

I can't understand why it's present continuous in this sentence: I never call my friends if I'm driving a car Why we can't just say - if I drive a car? what's the difference?
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Does a continuous tense fit with my sentence

For the past two days, I had been hearing some scary sounds after waking up and it frightened me.I'm glad today I have not heard them. Is it possible to use the continuous tense as it happened more ...
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Does present continuous fit in this case

don't forget to precise (attention to ......) when you are writing/going to write/write the address Is present continuous to express the future ok in this case or will it be better to use present ...
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How does Present Continuous [used in repetetive situations] sound to a native speaker?

We know that grammatically the Present Simple tense is used when we're speaking about some mundane, every day, usual situations (especially when we list them) For example, every day I drink a cup ...
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What is the meaning of “would + be ~ing”

What is the meaning of "would + be ~ing"? I always have thought that "would" means "imaginary past or future". But, in this conversation. I'm a little bit confused. M:well, if it ain't Miss ...
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What is the difference between “have interviewed” and “are interviewing” in this sentence?

Could you please explain the difference in meaning in the following sentences. The detectives have interviewed two people this week. The detectives are interviewing two people this week. ...
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Is it correct to say “Luke can't swim today, he is having a cold”?

Is the continuous form of "have" ok in the sentence "he's having a cold"? Or is it ONLY correct and possible to say "He has a cold"? I can't figure out if in this case "have a cold" is a state verb ...
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Present perfect continuous for the verb to sign?

On the same exercise there is that sentence He has been signing up for a historical tour to exactly these places The reason of choosing the continuous form is that it is a temporary action. But ...
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Will it be acceptable to use present perfect progressive in this example

He has swum daily for several years, but his shoulder has been bothering him recently this is an answer of a test has swum The reason of present perfect simple is that swimming has been done for ...
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I have been working there\I am working there

We can imagine such a situation that 2 months ago I got some special project which I have to be working on. Now I've been working on it. And I can say: 1) I am working on it Pointing at my action ...
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Present Perfect and Present Continuous tenses in one sentence with only one subject

Are the tenses in this sentence correct: We have placed order for required parts and waiting to get them.
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Passive Voice with continuous verbs

If I want to say: She is hating him I say: She hates him But should the same technique work with passive? She hates him - he is hated by her She is hating him - He is hated by her OR ...
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progressive or simple

Is it possible to write this answer instead the one given in that test My mother fell ill last week. I am making all the meals instead of her. She still does not feel well so she is seeing a doctor ...
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Simple versus continuous tense in sentences

What is the difference between "When the teacher entered, the boys were all looking out the window." and "When the teacher entered, the boys all looked out the window."? Can someone please explain it? ...
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Can “stuck” be used with a continuous form?

Can I use "stuck" with a continuous form? In other words, shall I say about a parcel that has not arrived: Hope it is not being stuck in the Christmas post
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Can I reduce this paragraph using the past continuous and the conjunction “When”?

Here's the paragraph: I worked in the bank for a specific period of time in the past. One day my wife and I knew each other. Of course, that day was during or within that period of time. Can ...
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Using non-continuous verbs in continuous form

I was learning non-continous verbs once again when I came across a site (I won't post a link to it, it's in russian). And it says that sometimes when we want to emphasize the action, we can use non-...
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When to use present continuous

If something is planned you have been imposed, can that be considered as an arrangment to use present continuous? For example, you received an email saying there will be some work in 3 weeks along ...
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“Night falls”: why not continuous/progressive?

There is a series of "Nighty Night" videos for preschoolers about going to bed, e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqRDEV6BnAU. All of them begin with the sentence: Night falls. I wonder why ...
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Can we say the earth is moving around the sun?

I'm learning English with text books and it says the present progressive form means an action or event taking place at the present time and the action or event has limited duration. It is truth that ...
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is the verb “list” a stative verb?

I saw this example on Cambridge Dictionary The company has been listed on the stock exchange for 35 years. My question is that: is the verb "list" a stative verb? If it was, then it could not be ...
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present continuous for a future plan that is only involving you

Can we use present continuous for a future event even it involves only yourself If you are a student can you say I am working tomorrow or is it better to say I am going to work tomorrow as only the ...
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Progressive tense with a fixed date

Rhythm will be closing permanently from 5pm on 21st December. Many thanks to all our customers for your support over the years, for our market stall, monthly mail-order catalogue, and online. If you ...
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What is the best choice in this case past continuous or simple

While she was driving to work every day she was listening or listened to languages CDs In the test the answer is listened because the action is completed now: she does not listen to these cds ...
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wrong subtitle in a film

In the film "Basse Normandie" of Simon Regiani and Patricia Mazuy, I saw this subtitle, is it possible I have been working while I wait for you I think it should be: while I was waiting or ...
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was looking or looked in this sentence

When I woke up this morning, she was sleeping on my bed and she looked very happy! The sentence is about a female cat who was ill. Why isn't was looking (at this precise moment she was looking)? ...
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it is possible to combine present perfect continuous and past perfect continuous in a sentence?

Can we describe a continuous action after/before another continuous action in the same sentence using different continuous tenses? For instance something like that: Before I have been reading ...
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Why the continous form in this answer

I’ve been reading online that people who purchased that record have not received it so I’m assuming he is being slow to ship this is an email I received: my enquiry was about a record I bought but ...
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Can I use a continuous form in this case

I would like to say that since we have been here (about one month now) it keeps raining a little but every day Can I use the continuous form It has been raining a little since we have been here
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Why was having and not had: “he was having trouble finding the right packaging” vs “he had trouble finding the right packaging”

On the sleeve reissue of the Chris Bell single "I am the cosmos" (record store day 2018) I found these sentences: A tape of the recording arrived in the mail several weeks after the phone call;it ...
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usually and present continuous

It is not the thousand beers you had there is something in your eye which usually you are trying to hide blaming the girls dancing around why is "usually" following by gerund? it ...
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Can sometimes be used with a continuous tense?

Can "sometimes" be used with progressive Sometimes I drink beer Sometimes I am driving very fast With a continuous tense does it mean that the event happens less often than with a simple tense
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Can we use past continuous for a finished action?

There was a huge, shiny spaceship just above our heads. It did not move . It was pulling us off the ground. Seconds later we were inside it. http://www.english-grammar.at/online_exercises/tenses/...
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Do both sentences have the same meaning

Chris did not tell the truth when he was speaking to Martin vs Chris was not telling the truth when he spoke to Martin. Do both sentences have the same meaning ?Which sentence is the best? I ...
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Past Perfect and Past Perfect Continuous - In 2016 I had been going to France for five years

Can anyone explain to me why this sentence is incorrect? In 2016 I had gone to France for five years. Why it should be had been going? Thanks!
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Why “wrote” and not “was writing”?

8 May - I began to fear as I wrote in this book that I was getting too diffuse*; but now I am glad that went into detail from the first, for there is something so strange about this place and all in ...
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progressive tense for completed actions

This is based on a true story that happened many, many years ago in Scotland. One day Mr Clark was walking home with a smile on his face. He was carrying something very valuable in his hand: tickets ...
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Can “happen to” be followed by a Present Progressive form?

Or does it always take an infinitive form? Ex.: Is "I happen to be doing this at the moment" correct or should you say "I happen to do this at the moment"?
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“Past perfect progressive” vs “past progressive”- Can we use the adverbial phrases of time with past progressive?

I know one of the main differences between past perfect progressive and past progressive is the fact that the latter can be used when the duration of an event or its exact timing is not important to ...
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Continuous in this case

For over 20 years he has led seminars and courses on relationships and communication, and he has appeared on television shows. why don't we use continuous because it is up to now? Is it because 20 ...