Use the simple present for actions that happen in general.
Use the present continuous for actions happening at the moment or current/temporary projects.
|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:
- Every (day/night/year/summer/winter)
- Right now
- At the moment
- This week/month/year
Present Simple or Present Continuous?
do you clean
are you cleaning
do you have
are you having
"______________ a shower."
I'm not driving
I don't drive
she's not wearing
she doesn't wear
"To my grandmother's house - see you later!"
are you going
do you go
"She's baking a cake."
's she doing
works / he's not working
working / he doesn't work
work / he not working