The present continuous is used to describe something: 1. that is happening at, or around, the, moment of speaking 2. that is being done currently, perhaps a temporary project or situation The present simple is used to describe something that is generally true, something which happens all the time. Forms: The present simple uses the base form of the verb, but adds an ‘s’ for the third person. - I walk to work every day / He walks to work every day. The present continuous uses ‘to be’ followed by the ‘ing’ form of the verb. - He is talking to the boss.
Question forms: The present simple uses the auxiliary ‘do / does’ to create questions. Does he live near here? Do you have a car?
The present continuous simply reverses the verb and the subject. Are you working on something interesting? Is he still waiting on the train?
Negatives: The present simple uses ‘don’t / doesn’t’ to make negatives. He doesn't work here anymore.
The present continuous adds ‘not’ or ‘…’nt’ to the part of ‘to be’. He isn’t living in Atlanta now. I am not waiting any longer.
State verbs: Some verbs, such as ‘to believe,’ ‘to understand’, ‘to like’, express a state rather than an action. They are not used with the continuous form.
This is a picture of Kleine Scheidegg. As you can probably guess, it is located in the Swiss Alps, between the Eiger and the Lauberhorn. It is a popular ski station. What is happening in the picture? Do you wish you were there?
Select the right verb form. The helicopter lands / is landing. The people wait / are waiting. People go / are going there to ski . The pilot is / is being very careful.
Think about · Is this happening now? · Is this temporary? · Does this happen regularly? · Is this generally true?