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Present Continuous vs. Present Simple

My thought process: We all know that progressive tenses are, to put it simply, used to talk about an action in progress: I'm having a dinner at 2:00. (eating dinner is in progress at 2:00) It doesn'...
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Present Simple/Continuous

Simple present tense, Present continuous tense or Present perfect tense can all have the same meaning. Can we use both present simple and continuous in this sentence? I've got a high temperature. I ...
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Present simple vs present continuous when describing a video

Present Simple vs Present continuous Where do we use these 2 tenses ? Ref Adventures with Grammar and Composition, Beena Sugatham. Oxford Printing Press. I.We use simple present tense:- to talk ...
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"…while the English speaking world becomes/is becoming ever more complacent"

That's a good question, using the continuous tense in all three gaps wouldn't be wrong. But maybe the continuous ‘are discovering’ emphasises how travellers have taken to visiting different continents ...
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John and I [have planned]/[are planning]/[plan] to go

All are fine. In other contexts the have planned would convey that their planning had been completed, as in We have planned it all out, so all that remains is to execute the plan successfully. But ...
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As John steps out of the car

Yes, both options are grammatically correct, and they mean the same thing. But my instinct is that steps is a bit more punchy than is stepping. Sometimes a writer will tell a story in the present ...
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