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STEP 4

Grammar: Present Simple and Present Continuous

 

PRESENT SIMPLE

We use the present simple to talk about habitual actions, and things which are generally true.

 

She usually stays at the Hilton, but it was fully booked.
Metals expand when heated.
I make 5,000 dollars a month.

 

PRESENT CONTINUOUS

We use the present continuous to talk about something which is happening at or around the time of speaking.

 

-  Mr. Rosen is in Bogota at the moment. He's staying at the Marvin Hotel.
We're expanding our operations in the Far East.
I'm making 5,000 dollars a month.

We use the present continuous to talk about temporary situations, and the present simple to talk about permanent situations.

 

I'm working in a bookshop during the summer holidays.
He works in the Personnel Department of a large multinational company.

Certain verbs are not normally used in the continuous form. For example, we say / know (not  I am knowing ) and I like (not  I am liking ). Common verbs of this type include:

VERBS OF FEELING

like, love, want, prefer, dislike, hate, appreciate

VERBS OF THINKING

know, believe, recognise, understand, forget, realise, think, remember, mean

VERBS OF SENSES

see, hear, taste, feel, smell

OTHER VERBS

belong, own, consist of, be, have (= possess), contain, include, exist


 

 

Grammar: Present Tenses with a Future Meaning

 

PRESENT SIMPLE

We use the present simple for the future when referring to timetables or programmes.

 

The meeting starts at 3 o'clock.
Our flight arrives at 6 p.m.

 

PRESENT CONTINUOUS

We use the present continuous to talk about future arrangements and plans.

 

I'm attending a meeting tomorrow afternoon.
We're flying to Buenos Aires next week.

 

 

STEP 5

Grammar: Activity with Answer

 

Read this interview and complete the text with either the present simple or present continuous tense choosing the best alternative from the menu.

ANSWERS

A FRENCH EXECUTIVE SPEAKS

 

 

"I  for Techno Profile, a medium-sized company

just outside Paris, selling and manufacturing electronic

components for different applications. I  the

Finance Manager at the company which  that

complete responsibility for all aspects of our

 

 

financial policy.

 

 

I carefully  the results of our six regional offices in France.

 

 

This year the company  a new range of products that we

 

 

from Germany. Next week I  to Bordeaux to

 

 

At the moment I  28,000 Francs a month with a bonus which,

 

 

of course,  on results. I  in a large apartment

 

 

in the centre of town and  to work every day in the company car.

 

 

five weeks paid holiday a year which I usually

 

 

in my beloved Spain with my wife and two kids."

 

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