Simple present or present continuous?

Learn English Verbs - Present Simple or Present Continuous

She usually eats healthy food, but today she’s eating cake because it’s her birthday.

Use the simple present for actions that happen in general.

Use the present continuous for actions happening at the moment or current/temporary projects.

Present Simple

Present Continuous

I work from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. I’m currently working on a new project.
Mark studies English every day. Mark is studying the present continuous at the moment.
We usually go to Europe in the summer. Right now, we’re going to the supermarket.
They always talk to their boss in the morning. They’re talking to him now.
Does it usually rain in the winter? No, but it’s raining now. Take an umbrella.

 

These words can help you know if the sentence needs simple present or present continuous:

Simple Present:

  • Always
  • Usually
  • Often
  • Sometimes
  • Never
  • Every (day/night/year/summer/winter)

Present Continuous:

  • Now
  • Right now
  • At the moment
  • Currently
  • This week/month/year
  • Today


Present Simple or Present Continuous?

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Question 1
Amanda and Oscar always ________ to the gym after work.
A
go
B
are going
Question 2
Rita _________ how to ride  a bike.
A
doesn't know
B
isn't knowing
Question 3
How often _______________ your house?
A
do you clean
B
are you cleaning
Question 4
My cousin never _________ me a birthday present.
A
gives
B
is giving
Question 5
My colleagues normally ____________ lunch in the office.
A
don't eat
B
aren't eating
Question 6
How many children ____________?
A
do you have
B
are you having
Question 7
Please turn down the music; _____________ to study.
A
I'm trying
B
I try
Question 8
"Where's mom?"

"______________ a shower."

A
She's taking
B
She takes
Question 9
"Yes, I can talk now. ____________________."
A
I'm not driving
B
I don't drive
Question 10
Jane is cold because ______________  a jacket.
A
she's not wearing
B
she doesn't wear
Question 11
Watch out! Your son _____________ into the street!
A
is running
B
runs
Question 12
My husband ____________ tennis three times a week.
A
plays
B
is playing
Question 13
"Where _____________?"

"To my grandmother's house - see you later!"

A
are you going
B
do you go
Question 14
"What _____________?"

"She's baking a cake."

A
's she doing
B
she does
Question 15
He normally _________ every weekday, but today _____________ because it's a holiday.
A
works / he's not working
B
working / he doesn't work
C
work / he not working
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There are 15 questions to complete.

 

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