Simple present or present continuous?

Simple present or present continuous? Espresso English

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

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Present Simple or Present Continuous?

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Question 1
"What _____________?"

"She's baking a cake."

A
she does
B
's she doing
Question 2
How often _______________ your house?
A
do you clean
B
are you cleaning
Question 3
How many children ____________?
A
do you have
B
are you having
Question 4
My cousin never _________ me a birthday present.
A
gives
B
is giving
Question 5
"Yes, I can talk now. ____________________."
A
I'm not driving
B
I don't drive
Question 6
"Where _____________?"

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

A
are you going
B
do you go
Question 7
Watch out! Your son _____________ into the street!
A
is running
B
runs
Question 8
He normally _________ every weekday, but today _____________ because it's a holiday.
A
working / he doesn't work
B
work / he not working
C
works / he's not working
Question 9
My husband ____________ tennis three times a week.
A
plays
B
is playing
Question 10
My colleagues normally ____________ lunch in the office.
A
don't eat
B
aren't eating
Question 11
Amanda and Oscar always ________ to the gym after work.
A
are going
B
go
Question 12
"Where's mom?"

"______________ a shower."

A
She takes
B
She's taking
Question 13
Rita _________ how to ride  a bike.
A
isn't knowing
B
doesn't know
Question 14
Jane is cold because ______________  a jacket.
A
she's not wearing
B
she doesn't wear
Question 15
Please turn down the music; _____________ to study.
A
I try
B
I'm trying
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