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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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I work / I'm working / I've been working

Someone asks us what our job is. What's the difference between these three answers? I'm a secretary. I work in a dental office. I'm a secretary. I'm working in a dental office. I'm a secretary. I've ...
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What is is difference between "As long as I am selling" and "As long as I can sell"?

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 ...
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"Is Tom drawing the picture" and "Is Tom drawing a picture"

Sorry for maybe stupid question. "Is Tom drawing the picture" and "Is Tom drawing a picture". Do I understand correctly that the first means "I see a picture. I want to know ...
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Is 'What I prefer is to spending time with you' correct grammatically? [duplicate]

I have seen a promotional video for Beyond the Future in Mr Love: Queen's Choice, I copied its lines and want to rewrite them to practice my expression and grammar. Here is the one confused me of the ...
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Why do we use a continuous verb after "adjective + of", e.g. "I am capable of running 10k" or "I am scared of sleeping in the dark"?

Why do we use a continuous verb after "adjective + of", e.g. "I am capable of running 10k" or "I am scared of sleeping in the dark"? When we use "to" instead we ...
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He did something regularly to see if I needed anything. An event of need actually occured?

He checked on me regularly during my stay to see if I needed anything. I've been confused of if I needed anything. Actually needing something has occured in the first place? Which article can make me ...
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`be + verb + ing` with `be`. I can easily understand as only 'be' is being 'am,is,are,were,was' but I've been confusing about with "be" itself [duplicate]

We are pleased to be opening this facility in your town. We will be bringing roughly 100 new jobs in to Colton. What I've been confused is about be + verb + ing . How should I interpret it? About the ...
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Present continuous vs present simple for future

As I was practicing the difference between present simple and present continuous, I came across this sentence: The shop is closing for good next Monday. I also encountered this sentence: The ...
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Present continuous tense with a perfect continuous infinitive

Is this sentence correct? My niece is pretending to have been playing the piano for a whole hour. With this sentence I want to describe a situation when a girl is pretending at the moment of my ...
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Present simple and present continuous difference

What is the difference between this two sentences: "He doesn't listen to me" and "He isn't listening to me"? Do they mean different things? What tense in what case should i use?
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do you see/are you seeing

A: Why don't you just focus on making the best of it for yourself as well as for your children? B: Maybe that's what I'm trying to do. A: But then why do you only see / are you only seeing them a ...
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Repair verb with present perfect and present perfect continuous

I have been working on tenses of English and I have been confusing about present perfect and present perfect continuous. So, I wonder about the repair verb with present perfect and present perfect ...
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Can we use simple present tense here?

Here I found the following sentence. When you use your phone while charging, the battery is charging at a slower rate than normal to allow enough power for the ongoing usage. Can I use simple ...
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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 ...
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Which one is correct: "you called the wrong person" or "you are calling the wrong person" when you get connected with someone mistakenly?

Would you tell me which one is correct: "you called the wrong person" or "you are calling the wrong person" when you get connected with someone mistakenly? For example: Person A: ...
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Present simple or present continuous in this case

Is present simple or present continuous correct in this case? I eagerly wait/am eagerly waiting for a new episode of "Dynamite" on the radio. I think the first one is a better solution ...
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Why does the author write "listen" for a thing he is doing?

I'm sitting here with a warm nostalgic feeling as I listen to the final master recordings Peter has sent over Why is it not "am listening" is it because sit is already present continuous so ...
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present simple or progressive?

If I am talking to a friend and he sends me a video, I see someone in the video doing something. And I want to write my friend about that person. Should I use the present simple or present progressive?...
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when's that hot guy getting here?

I'm watching a TV episode. Teddy's boyfriend has come to her house. The whole family is talking with him. Teddy's younger brother Gabe is reading a book on the sofa. Later, everyone is back to their ...
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She's in the kitchen, cooking the dinner

She's in the kitchen, cooking the dinner. If I understand it, that sentence is: "..., she's cooking the dinner." Is it common to use such a shortened form of "she's cooking"?
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we're trying to figure it out as we're going

Let's say you need to get to some destination, but you don't know the exact route to that destination. I've sometimes heard people say we're trying to figure it out as we go Why is present simple ...
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Is this sentence correct? And why? (Answered)

So I was reading a novel (I'm not a native) and I found a sentence that goes like "its branches spreading up to the sky..." Why there is no "were" or "are" after the word ...
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What is the difference between "I expect a call in the afternoon" and "I'm expecting a call in the afternoon"? [closed]

Would you tell me what is the difference between I expect a call in the afternoon and I'm expecting a call in the afternoon? Are both perfectly natural? If so, which one is more common?
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Is there any difference between "what time should I expect your call" and "what time should I be expecting your call"?

Is there any difference between what time should I expect your call and what time should I be expecting your call? For example: Person A: I'll call you tomorrow and we'll talk about the trip. Person ...
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We are busy at the moment. Vs We are being busy at the moment

I am not sure about which option should I chose in the following context: It's Tom birthday today. We are busy/are being busy at the moment. Dad is doing some last-minute shopping. Mum is tidying the ...
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Continuous aspect for incomplete action

I’m washing a mop to clean my room. In this situation, can I say I’m cleaning my room? I turned off the light and I’m keeping it off. In this situation, can I say I’m turning off the light?
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'Long(s) for' or 'be longing for'

Is there a subtle difference between: It's common knowledge that Anna longs for a baby. and It's common knowledge that Anna is longing for a baby. If I want to use the sentence and it's spoken at ...
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Do we use article with gerud in present simble with 'be'?

I am wondering about the following pattern of sentence: The first and the main reason is the producing new goods for... Do we need to put bold "the" to distinguish present continuous from ...
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Pointing out for direction - should I use present continuous or simple present

My friend was looking for a lighter and I pointed him toward a guy who had stood with a citrate (not the best example, but, hey, it is a real situation). I said "This guy smokes"while ...
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Is it correct and natural to say "the load is picking up in Boston" meaning the pick-up point is in Boston?

Would you tell me if it's correct and natural to say the load is picking up in Boston meaning the pick-up point is in Boston? For example: The load is picking up in Boston at 5PM tomorrow and is ...
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"I am keeping a pet hamster." vs "I keep a pet hamster" Difference?

This sentence: I am keeping a pet hamster. And this sentence: I keep a pet hamster Sounds exactly the same to me, any minute difference, if any at all? Thanks!
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Is "they living it up" grammatically correct?

Quote from Eagles – Hotel California Lyrics | Genius Lyrics: They living it up at the Hotel California Is "they living it up" grammatically correct? Shouldn't it be "they're living it ...
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difference between "will be doing" and "be doing" when use the continuous form for the future

I am confused about the following description of 'will be -ing' from a grammar book, which says: We also use 'will be doing' to talk about complete action in the future. Here is the example in which ...
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Usage of while and continuous: "Tom watches/is watching TV while he eats/is eating."

A) Tom watches TV while he eats. B) Tom watches TV while he is eating. C) Tom is watching TV while he eats. D) Tom is watching TV while he is eating. I was wondering which one is natural and which ...
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(I start to think/thinking ...) or (I'm starting to think/thinking ...)?

A: Are you going to the party tonight? Marsha says she's coming. B: Marsha? No, I'll just stay at home. A: I ___ to think/thinking you hate her. Which one is more probable? The present simple or the ...
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Why does 'it is sounding like...' incorrect?

I deduced like in the title above by the reason of information I got from my book, but I doubt that it is not correct to use Why does it is sounding like... The problem is taken from an exercise book [...
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present continuous for a short action is it possible in this case

After waking up today I received a phone call of a friend I had not seen or spoken for years . Can I say: "my day is starting very well" or "my day has started well" or "my ...
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It becomes cheaper Or it is becoming cheaper [closed]

Should I use present simple or progressive with "all the time"? "Technology becomes cheaper all the time."
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Is there any difference between "I still work" and "I'm still working"?

Could you tell me if there is any difference between I still work and I'm still working? For example: Person A: Hey, I haven't seen you in ages. What's new with you? Person B: Same old. I still work/...
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Using present progressive to describe something

I found this line on Facebook. I wonder if this construction is allowed grammatically. Does it matter to be consistent with the language in which we are speaking?.... Why didn't they write in which ...
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"While you are washing your hands I'll go to my bedroom and change my clothes" right or wrong?

Let's say we (me and my daughter) have just got home, we go to the bathroom and I say to her (a 5 years old child) to wash her hands, and I think that in the meantime I could change my clothes. What ...
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Is it correct to say "he has Covid 19" and "he is getting Covid 19" to express currently he is experiencing that illness?

The dictionary says get [transitive, no passive] get something to start to develop an illness; to suffer from a pain, etc. I think I'm getting a cold. have something (not used in the progressive ...
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Is there any difference in meaning between "I can't hear you clearly," "I don't hear you clearly" and "I'm not hearing you clearly"?

Could you tell me if there is any difference in meaning between I can't hear you clearly, I don't hear you clearly and I'm not hearing you clearly? For example: Sir, could you turn off the speaker ...
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Can the simple present be used for temporal actions?

As far as I know, the simple present is used to state facts, how things exist or behave. However, I have seen the following sentence: I walk to class during the week. Regarding that the present ...
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What's the correct preposition before "row" (angry dispute)?

I have a feel, the feel that I always experience when I fume in a row. As you have read the sentence above, I doubt my construction is correct. It looks awkward. Hope you will tell me if there's ...
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"You will acquire more and more knowledge while you work."

You will acquire more and more knowledge while you work. You will acquire more and more knowledge while you are working. What is the difference between them? Which sounds more natural?
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“Was leaving” vs “Was to leave”

So I’ve came across an argument with some girl I was chatting with, about a grammatical matter. In the sentence: “The kindest thing you ever did (was to leave) , (or) was leaving. What is the ...
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Why did the writer use present simple instead of continuous

I was reading a graded reader book, and I noticed that the writer used present simple instead of continuous in the example below: "Algernon: I think that is mean of you, Ernest, I must say. (...
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How to explain the usage of the present continuous instead of simple in this example?

I was reading "English Grammar in Use" and came across the next exercise: Ben can’t meet us on Monday. (He / work) late. The correct answer is "He is working late", but I cannot ...
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To be leaning as motion or state?

I was wondering, when you say "He was leaning/leaning over", does it describe the state of being inclined or the motion of becoming inclined? For example,"He was leaning over but I ...
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