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Simple Present and Present Progressive
Try to find someone to talk or write to. You can use the comments below if you don’t have anyone. I would like you to contribute one sentence for each of the three topics below to put the main concepts of the present simple and progressive into practice.
- Talk about one daily habit you have.
- Look around the room. Make a sentence about one activity that is happening right now.
- In one sentence, state a general truth about the world.
Simple Present and Present Progressive: Affirmative, Negative, Question Forms
Think about the differences between the two uses of the same verb in the sentence pairs below. There is no right and wrong answers, but this is very good to have a deeper understanding of grammar and a step closer to mastery. You can discuss what you think in the comments below or with your fellow learners.
- These flowers smell good.
Jane is smelling the flowers.
- I think this park is beautiful.
I need to relax. I am thinking about all the homework I have.
- I see a colorful kite. It’s over there.
Alex is coming later. He is seeing a doctor about his headaches.
Jack and Ann come here every weekend. They are seeing each other.
- I remember my first time here. Do you remember yours?
I‘m remembering a family picnic here with my cousins. It’s a happy memory.
- The children want a snack. They‘re hungry.
The children are being awfully quiet. What are they doing?
- You look cold. I’ll lend you my coat.
I‘m looking at the sky. A storm is coming.
- Every weekend there is an outdoor play here. Some of my friends are appearing in it.
There is a man coming toward us. He’s smiling. He appears to know us.
- Gabriel is being rude. He’s just sitting there, not talking to anyone.
No, he isn’t rude. He‘s just shy.
- The baby is feeling the grass.
The grass feels soft.
I need to sit down. I‘m not feeling well right now,
I feel that it is important to take care of our parks.