Questions tagged [present-simple]

Questions related to the present simple or simple present, which can be used to express such things as actions or events that take place habitually, a general state and arranged future events.

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Present simple vs. present continuous

Why is there present simple in the first sentence? Why is there no present continuous? "I scowl with frustration at myself in the mirror. Damn my hair – it just won’t behave, and damn Katherine ...
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Can I use Past Simple and Present Simple in one sentence?

Actually I have two questions: Can I use Past Simple and Present Simple together in the sentence: 'He looked stunned when he realized that she lives here'?! I know about Sequence of tenses but I'm ...
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The Present Simple vs The Present Continuous

My father takes some medicine so he feels quite drowsy. My father is taking some medicine so he's feeling quite drowsy. What would someone think if I said the second one instead of the first one?
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I see you have finished vs I see you finished

My question may sound stupid because I know when we are using it but I don't know how to explain it by words. have finished means that something will end soon or later like when you have finished your ...
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“Lately I meet” vs. “lately I have been meeting”

Is there any difference in meaning between lately I meet and lately I have been meeting? I would've thought that lately is used with the Present Perfect Continuous, but in the 23rd episode of the 8th ...
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“I hear what you are saying” vs. “I am hearing what you are saying”

As this dictionary puts it I hear what you are saying means to acknowledge what someone has said. But in the 13th episode of the 7th season of Friends Phoebe said I am hearing what you are saying. ...
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“I see” vs. “I am seeing” in the sense of receiving information through the sense of sight

Grammar books say that when we are talking about being able to see something, the verb see is used in the present simple. But in the 11th episode of the 3rd episode of Friends, Chandler used it in the ...
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“I hear” vs. “I am hearing” in context

Let's say my friend and I are at his place alone. and and all of a sudden music starts to play in the living room, which is imposible because I am sure we are totally alone. So I start to think that I ...
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You can go outside + simple present vs. present perfect

Is there any difference in these sentences? You can go outside when you complete your work. You can go outside when you have completed your work. Are they both interchangeable? If not then what is ...
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What is the difference in meaning between “I hear” and “I am hearing” in the sense of perceiving information through the sense of hearing?

What is the difference in meaning between I hear and I am hearing in the sense of perceiving information through the sense of hearing? Grammar books say that it's not corret to say I am hearing in ...
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“You can sleep while I drive” vs. “you can sleep while I am driving”

Could you tell me what is the slight difference in meaning between the following senences? It'll take us four hours to get to the coast, so you can sleep while I drive. It'll take us four ...
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What is the difference in meaning between “I think” and “I am thinking” in the sense of having an opinion?

What is the difference in meaning between I think and I am thinking in the sense of having an opinion? Grammar books say that it isn't correct to use the verb think in the present continuous in that ...
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“Finally we meet” vs “finally we met”

I just read a part of conversation between two people on a book, which I am not gonna quote the exact words due to copyright stuff. It goes something like Hey, I am Kettle you must be Stove, my new ...
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“If you think that…” vs. “if you are thinking that…”

Is there any difference in meaning between if you think that... and if you are thinking that...? I am aware that when the verb think is used in the sense of having an opinion it is used in the present ...
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“I think I will probably…” vs. “I am thinking I will probably…”?

What is the difference in meaning between I think I will probably... and I am thinking I will probably...? Until recently I thought that the only correct way to use the verb think in this way was in ...
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“I happen to be free now” or “I have happened to be free now” when talking about a present situation?

Do I say I happen to be free now or I have happened to be free now meaning that the circumstances are such that I am free at the moment? For example: I told you I was going to be busy, but I happen ...
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Loved in a sentence

My husband loved having me over in his office. My husband loves having me over in his office. My questions: Does loved here refer to the simple past or the past participle ? Do both the ...
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What is the difference in meaning between “I wish” and “I am wishing”?

As this article says wish can be used in informal speech in the continuous tense, which was done in the 15th episode of the 5th season of the TV show Friends. Here is the excerpt: Monica: (kneels ...
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What would be the difference if I use “never once” with perfect aspect sentences?

Suppose: I have never treated her like that. I know I can put more emphasis by saying I never once treated her like that. I am thinking of this sentence in perfect aspect. I am wondering what ...
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What is the difference between Do you arrive vs Are you arriving

I would like to know what is the difference between these two examples and can I use them both with the same meaning? When do you arrive tomorrow? When are you arriving tomorrow?
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Why “wait” is used instead of “have waited”?

Why wait is used in the following text instead of have waited? Ben: Aw, I can’t believe it. I wait all school year to go on this trip, and now the queen of cooties is along for the ride. ...
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What is the difference in meaning between “I agree” and “I am agreeing”?

I am aware of the fact that the standard way of using agree is in the Present Simple. And until recently I thought it's only correct to use it that way when talking about present situations. But in ...
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Simple Present with future meaning

I have learnt at school that you only can use the simple present for specific events in the future e.g. The bus leaves at 8.45. But when I watch an english series or a movie I also hear a lot ...
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present simple or present continuous? “Her boyfriend is always taking/takes her out for movie on Friday”

in sentence "Her boyfriend always taking/takes her out for movie on Friday" I've got confused. "taking" or "takes"?
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the museum will be open vs the museum opens

Could you describe the difference if both sentences are correct. I don't see any difference in meaning (but tenses are different). Can you tell me what time the museum will be open? vs Can you ...
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present continuous or present simple?

Which of the following sentences is correct? "I wasn't very well yesterday, but I'm feeling fine today." or "I wasn't very well yesterday, but I feel fine today."
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Present simple followed by present continious

I am trying to understand, why answers are that. I am talking about the second sentence. As answers I did put in - "is really killing me, are bleeding, am still wanting" But correct is the only one ...
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“It was a present” or “it is a present” in context?

Do I have to say it is a present or it was a present when a person owns something and they want to say that they were given the thing as a present. For example: Person A: When did you buy the ...
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Past tense (today)

Which one is true and why? A. Today, she is absent. B. Today, she was absent Is "today" considered as present or past time? Please help. Thanks.
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door opens vs door opening

I was watching a show and when a door opens, the next subtitle comes out. Door opens Using Present Simple shouldn't you use present Continuous? Door opening
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simple present or present continuous for future?

What's the difference between these sentences? when do we use present simple and when do we use present continuous for future? I talk to him tonight. I'm talking to him tonight. He comes here ...
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Why is the present simple used?

I don't understand why the present simple tense is used in this sentence. Could anyone explain it for me?
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Should I use the preterite or the present perfect?

I haven't seen my family for three years (now). Should I say "It's been three long years since I haven't seen my family" or "it's been three long years since I last saw my family" or "It's" in the ...
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When should I use Present Simple or Present Continuous?

I'm doing my best in distinguishing between the meaning of the Present Simple form and the meaning of the Present Continuous form. Every day I read some texts and highlight the extracts consisting ...
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Which tense is better to talk about progress and development : present simple/ continues/ perfect?

Prices are increasing. Prices have been/ have increased. Prices increase. I know all of them are grammatically correct and all mean that prices increased in the past and still continue to ...
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They do something for 20 years. Isn't the phrase grammatically wrong?

I heard Matt Damon say: Anyway, for 20 years now people ask, what happened to Loki at the end of Dogma? How do you explain the usage of Present Simple here with 20 years? Could you reference to ...
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Distinguishing present from future in a conditional sentence

Consider the following sentences, used in an email message: I'm going to be on vacation next week. If you need anything, call me. It could mean If you need anything now, call me, because next ...
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“It's done.” or “It's been done.”

When I just finished some work, which one below, A or B, is better to say and why? A. It's done! B. It's been done! To me, A might sound simpler and more natural. But considering the grammar, I'm ...
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“Someone has a relationshio with someone” or “someone is having a relationship with someone”?

Do I have to use have in the present simple or present continuous when talking about being in a relationship. For example: Kate has a relationship with the guy. Kate is having a ralationship ...
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is it “I have traveled or I travel”

which is correct? This is the third time I have traveled to Italy this year. or This is the third time I travel to Italy this year.
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Passive voice, Present Simple, Present Perfect

The washing machine was broken, but it is OK now. > It is repaired. vs It has been repaired. > Please explain the correct choice. Is it possible that both are correct here?
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“I hear about it more and more these days” or “I am hearing about it more and more this days”?

What is the difference in meaning between the following sentences? I hear about the issue more and more these days. I am hearing about the issue more and more these days. Many will say that ...
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Simple present vs. deterministic future

When I record a video in which I demonstrate a software application in action, I should say I click on the button or I am clicking on the button? In the video, I click on the button one second after ...
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Until you have finished that report/ until you finish that report

You are not going home until you have finished that report. You are not going home until you finish that report. Is there any shade of difference in meaning between the two sentences?or do they ...
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Present simple. When need `is` with pronoun?

He always brushes his teeth after meals. She is often late for work. Why in the first sentence we do not use is but in second sentence we use is?
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“What is the price of the phone you bought” or “What was the price of the phone you bought”?

Is there any difference in meaning between the following sentences? What is the price of the phone you bought? What was the price of the phone you bought? I think that the first sentence ...
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Can the use of the present progressive with the adverb “still” convey annoyance or surprise?

Can the use of the present progressive with the adverb still feel like an expression of annoyance or surprise? For example: I started teaching three years ago, and I am still teaching. If it ...
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Will inform if any work “is” complete or “has been” completed?

A. You will be informed if any work is complete. B. You will be informed if any work has been completed. I mean to say I will inform you when a job is over and nothing is balance. So which ...
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Can I say: “He always goes to cinema this year.”

Can simple present tense used with a specific time? Generally, simple present is used to express habits, repeated action, but can it used to express habits in a period time including now? For ...
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Present Simple Usage in these sentences

I am confused about the usage of Present Simple in these sentence. Sorry in advance to anyone whose name i pronounce wrong. You can assume that he is just telling a fact but it is said in an ...

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