How and WHEN to use the present simple

and present continuous(progressive) tenses

Unlike French (and many other languages), English has a simple and continuous aspect to verb tenses. In this tutorial, we will look at the differences in usage of the simple and continuous aspects of the present tense.

What is the present simple?

When do we use it?

Here is an infographic summarising information about the present simple:

PRES SIMPLE

What is the present contnuous? When do we use it?

Here is another infographic summarising the present continuous, sometimes referred to as the present progressive:

PRES PROGRESSIVE

Let’s practice!

 Test your knowledge by completing these online quizzes:

exercise 1: PRESENT SIMPLE OR CONTINUOUS

exercise 2: CHOOSE THE CORRECT TENSE

Don’t forget to also practice with the exercises in the  English Grammar In Use book!

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About Michele

Energetic and passionate English (EFL) teacher with more than ten years teaching experience.

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