Present Continuous and Present Simple—What’s the Difference?

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“But how do I know when to use Present Continuous or Present Simple?” This is a question often asked by students.

This depends on the speaker, and this depends on what is happening at the moment.

Compare:

A: Listen! The baby is crying!

B: Yes, the baby is crying! Maybe he is hungry!

In example above, the speakers are talking about the current situation. They are describing the current situation.

Compare:

A: Babies are noisy.

B: Yeah. Babies cry.

The speakers are not  necessarily looking at or listening to a crying baby at the time of speaking. They are simply stating the fact, the reality, that babies cry.

More Examples:

Kokia is singing now. (We are talking about what Kokia is doing NOW.) 

Kokia sings well. (We are stating a fact.) 


Mr. Jack is washing his car. He washes his car every Saturday.

My mother is in the kitchen. She is cooking ssamgepsal. She cooks ssamgepsal every Sunday evening.


JAPANESE TRANSLATION

By: Google Translate

 

 

現在形現在形いはですか?

 

「しかし、PresentContinuousまたはPresentSimpleをいつ使用するかをどうやってることができますか?」これは学生からよくかれる質問です。

これは話者によってなり、現在何こっているかによってなります。

 

比較

A: Listen! The baby is crying!

B: Yes, the baby is crying! Maybe he is hungry!

上記では、スピ現在状況についてしている。らは現在状況説明しています。

 

比較

A: Babies are noisy.

B: Yeah. Babies cry.

話者は、すときにいているちゃんをたりいたりしているとはりません。らはちゃんがくというべているだけです。

 

その

Kokia is singing now. (Kokiaが今何をしているのか話し合っています。)

Kokia sings well. (私たちは事実を述べています。)

Mr. Jack is washing his car. He washes his car every Saturday.

My mother is in the kitchen. She is cooking ssamgepsal. She cooks ssamgepsal every Sunday evening.

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