Grammar | Present Continuous & Simple 2


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Learn about the difference between using the present continuous and the present simple, especially with stative verbs in this new Grammar episode from English Plus Podcast.

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Show Notes

Present Continuous and Present Simple

Stative Verbs

like – want – need – prefer – know – realize – understand – recognize – believe – suppose – remember – mean – belong – fit – contain – consist


I’m hungry. I want something to eat.

Do you understand what I mean?

Anna doesn’t seem very happy right now.


Think = believe | have an opinion = stative

I think Mary is Canadian, but I’m not sure.

What do you think of my idea?

Think = consider = action

I’m thinking about what happened.

Nicky is thinking of giving up her job.

see | hear | smell | taste | look | feel


Do you see that man over there?

The room smells. Let’s open a window.

This soup doesn’t taste very good.

You look well today. / You’re looking well today.

How do you feel now? / How are you feeling now.

I usually feel tired in the morning.

I’m usually feeling tired in the morning.

am/is/are being


I can’t understand why he’s being so selfish.

‘The path is icy. Don’t slip.’ ‘Don’t worry. I’m being very careful.’

He never thinks about other people.  He’s very selfish. NOT he’s being

I don’t like to take risks. I’m a very careful person. NOT I’m being

Sam is ill. NOT is being ill.

Are you tired? NOT are you being tired.

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