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It is used to express a continued or ongoing action at present time. It expresses an action which is in progress at the time of speaking. Using the suffix '-ing'

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Does "by the time" mandate perfect constructions?

Consider this sentence: I'm planning to do it by the time she comes. I think that that is wrong and that I need to say: I'm planning to have done it by the time she comes. Am I right? I think so ...
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Present continuous plus "when"

When I work out I drink a lot. It's a simple sentence with a simple meaning that during my workouts I drink a lot When I'm working out I drink a lot. Same meaning we just emphasize that "...
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"…while the English speaking world becomes/is becoming ever more complacent"

Millions of people ______ (discover) how to bridge cultures, while the English-speaking world ______ (become) ever more complacent and ____ (cut) down on foreign language learning programmes. The ...
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John and I [have planned]/[are planning]/[plan] to go

Suppose John and Sarah are going to go to the beach today. They don't want to go alone, so they're calling their friends and asking them if they would like to join them. So they call Bob, he picks up, ...
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As John steps out of the car

I provided the following context for one of my earlier questions: John's life has been hectic recently, so he's driven to a remote village to take a break from city life. Peter, an inhabitant of that ...
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can I say ' Baz has just seen a wreck and. he was swimming towards it '?

Is it correct to use present perfect 'yet or just' with past continuous in the same sentence?? Or I have to use present continuous?? ' Baz has just seen a wreck he is swimming towards it' ??
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What is the difference between “always tells” and “is always telling”?

I was doing Destination C1 and C2 grammar and vocabulary exercises when I came across this: My dad ———————(always/tell) jokes, they’re mostly rubbish, though. I thought the answer is "always ...
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Why is present perfect used here?

We have been waiting for Nancy for the last 2 hours, but she still hasn't arrived. It's really confusing for me that why they used present perfect at the end of sentence when the first part of the ...
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Choosing between simple present & present continuous

If I intend to ask about somebody's major of study, should I use Simple presents: what do you study? or present continuous: what are you studying? I understand that the simple present tense is used ...
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while + present continuous and present perfect [duplicate]

Good evening, Are correct the following? While I'm writing to you, I've packed my stuff. As I'm writing to you, I packed my stuff. The meaning is that while writing I sometimes stopped to pack my ...
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In British English, can I use "be" in the past/present/future continuous tenses, like in "you are being selfish"? [closed]

According to the Oxford dictionary, be is not used in the Past /Present /Future Continuous tenses, so in terms of standard British grammar I cannot say "You are being selfish". According to ...
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correct tenses: [I am doing something.] or [I have done something.]

I have made up the sentences below. (Suppose that I HAVE started cleaning the street.) (a) I said to John, "Today is the six day I have cleaned the street. (b) I said to John, "Today is ...
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Future with will or present continuous

I would like to know if I using a present continous would be correct in this example: "Are you going home now? In that case, I.....with you". The book key just gives "Will leave" ...
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I'll be going/I'll go

What is the exact use of an –ing form in this sentence? I usually say "I'll go", "I have to go", "I must go". Why say "I'll be going", "I must be going&...
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Is the expression "I'm wearing shorts and sandals in the morning" correct?

The time expression "In the morning" can imply a different moment, not necessarily something which is happning at the moment of speaking. idea
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Is "it is looking good" slang?

I heard American people often say this. Say, a person is drawing a picture. When he is halfway to finishing it, he says "it's looking good". I was taught at school that many linking verbs (...
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What is the difference between Future Continuous and Present Continuous?

I heard that natives use Present Cont. to describe things in the future. As I understood, we use Present Cont. when we have arranged an action or there is at least one person with whom we agreed to ...
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What grammar should I use to talk about an action I've been doing for a long time and will definitely keep doing?

What grammar should I use if I want to talk about a routine action (something like "running, biking, wrestling, bowling") that I have been doing for a long time and will definitely go on ...
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Present Continuous+never for emotional tone

As we know Present Continuous is used with always / constantly to express some emotional nuance (often negative). e.g. My sister is always borrowing my clothes without asking! Can we similarly use ...
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Why do native speakers sometimes use present continuous when it seems like it should be present simple?

I'm a teacher of English and I try to dive a bit deeper into the language I teach. I have a good command of grammar, but I sometimes hear things like: (all these examples are from vlogs by natives ...
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Is "covered wagons rolling access the prairies" wrong?

I am using Oxford's Dictonary Advanced learner + Oxford's Collocations dictionary - 10th edition - mobile application (licensed). I seen In my thought, it is covered wagons are rolling access the ...
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Present continuous tense [closed]

Is it grammatically correct to say: I'm taking a shower today? I've read that we can use present continuous with today, these days, etc. I appreciate your help very much.
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What are you thinking of the class?

Is What are you thinking of the class? a natural way to ask your opinion about the class at the beginning of the course? It's about the student's expectations, if they're being met. Or their first ...
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Present simple vs present continuous when describing a video

Person A: Let's watch this video now kids. [plays the video] [the dog in the video starts to bark at someone] Person A: What is the dog doing? A child: He's barking at someone. In this exchange the ...
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Is it correct to use the word 'made' in the present continuous or simple present tense?

I am studying the English tenses and came across the following quiz: Fill in the correct verb form: PRESENT SIMPLE or PRESENT PROGRESSIVE. The delicious chocolate is ____ by a firm in Switzerland. (...
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Is the present continuous idiomatic in "I'm liking to take it easy on the weekend"?

Is I'm liking to take it easy on the weekend idiomatic? The context is that I started to take it easy on the weekend recently and I'm liking the novalty, the new state of affairs. I like to take it ...
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I'm running on weekends or I run on the weekend?

Is I'm running on weekends right? I mean this as a habit in the present but I'm not confident I'll keep doing that for a long time.
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"I miss or I am missing" meaning I don't have it?

I also have all the vinyls and flexis, but I'm still missing a few tapes, the really old ones . I think miss would be better than is missing . Does Is missing mean that the writer thinks that he is ...
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"Let me know how you <get on> <are getting on> at your new job."

from english.stackexchange.com: (1a) I hear you've got a new job. How do you get on? — incorrect (1b) I hear you've got a new job. How are you getting on? — correct from thefreedictionary.com: (2a) ...
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Why don't we use Present Continuous in example

I know that we should use Present Simple when we talk about things in general and Present Continuous when we talk about something incomplete that is happening around time of speaking. I also know that ...
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Where is the girl going or where the girl is going?

Where is the girl going? or Where the girl is going? Is/subject/ -ing in present continuous questions Which one is right according to the Grammer?
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Where do we use "IT" in sentence? For person we use he/she in singular [closed]

"It" in which sentence it is used For Tom we use he For Niana we use she
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Am having or have in this case

Imagine I am trying to connect my smartphone to the net. The problem is that I am sitting in a train and the connection is not working . What can I say " I am having difficulties to be connected ...
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"I wasn't listening to what the teacher was saying"? "I didn't listen to what the teacher was saying"?

We often avoid repeating the continuous form, do we? Like you say What do you think you are doing? instead of What are you thinking you are doing? How about the following sentences? I wasn't ...
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Use of simple present and present continuous in subtitles for background sound

I was watching a movie with subtitles and I found many instances where it used two different tense for referring background sounds. For example: Sirens wail; motor whirring; engine revving; phone ...
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Why does the present continuous form of "mimic" become "mimicking"?

In most cases, the present continuous tense of a verb is appending "ing" to the end of the verb, like "playing" for "play", but why does "mimic" become "...
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I ___(to read) your book. It's fantastic. I'll finish it tonight

I have passed the English grammar test. I'm B1 and can't complain about that. But I have a major questions about verb tenses anyway. I ______ your book. It's fantastic. I'll finish it tonight. have ...
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Janet is going on a vacation. (is this progressive or future?)

Janet is going on a vacation. I saw this sentence on internet. Is Janet now, at this moment, going on a vacation? Or, does Janet have a plan to go on a vacation very soon?
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Presnt Continuous or Present Perfect Continuous? [duplicate]

Source: https://english.elpais.com/economy-and-business/2023-03-16/blackrocks-larry-fink-does-not-rule-out-a-liquidity-crisis-after-svb-collapse.html Fink states that since the 2008 financial crisis, ...
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present simple and continuous tense

My teacher said the second sentences below is wrong, but it looks grammatically correct to me. Help! I’m spending this weekend near the coast. I go there nearly every weekend. I spend this weekend ...
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Maybe the dream "is telling" you the future when you "are sleeping" - When we make a general statement, can we use the present continuous tense?

When we make a general statement (something habitual, or something regularly occurring), can we use the present continuous tense? Example 1 A: I have been seeing dreams recently. B: Maybe the dream ...
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"I have an emergency" vs. "I'm having an emergency"

Can you please tell me if both sentences below are perfectly natural and have the same meaning? I can't visit you today as I have an emergency. I can't visit you today as I'm having an emergency. I'...
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Present perfect vs Present continuous with period around now

I know that we can use Present continuous with period around now. For example You are working hard today. but we can also use Present perfect and Present perfect continuous with period around now. ...
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Rule of thumb for "temporary" and "permanent"

We use the present simple to talk about permanent facts and general truths. In this example we don’t expect the situation to change. She lives with her parents. We use the present continuous to talk ...
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He's always flirting with you -- no irritation [closed]

He's always flirting with you One girls says that to another to encourage her to talk to a boy. She's not irritated in any way -- and that's what this structure is generally used for. Is she stressing ...
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present progressive vs present simple

1.If your dog is wagging its tail when they're playing with another dog, that's a sign of a happy dog. 2.If a dog is wagging its tail when encountering an unfamiliar child, it is safe for the child to ...
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Conditionals (1st conditional)

I am wondering if we can use present continuous in the “main clause”? And if so, yes why? Example: If you do that again, I am killing you. The right way to say it is: If you do that again, I will ...
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Present Progressive indicates progressive or near future?

A woman says, “My toes are turning red. I think I’m getting frostbite.” at 0:46 of the ABC News clip: https://ia600909.us.archive.org/29/items/KGO_20101216_013000_ABC_World_News_With_Diane_Sawyer/...
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How to use the present continuous with performative verbs?

My textbook says: Some verbs used as performatives with the present simple in affirmative (= positive) sentences (apologize, deny, guarantee, promise) have a similar meaning with either the present ...
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what are you thinking about this car?

The norm is "What do you think about this car?" But would it not make any sense to say: "What are you thinking about this car?" to mean "what is that that you are thinking ...
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