Present Continuous or Present Simple? I’m doing … or … I do … ?
Is it just now? Or all the time?
Verbs only at the Present Simple (do):
I like this girl,
I need to drink,
I prefer this book,
I want to eat (because I’m hungry),
Verbs who are usually used with the Present Simple form: I do (not with the progressive form).
State verb: cost, fit, mean, suit
this car cost 500 euros, it suits you well…
Possession: belong, have
This car belongs to Peter, Sandra has a cat.
Senses: feel, hear, see, smell, taste, touch
He feels the cold. Do you hear me? Do you see the boat? It smells good.
Don’t tast it before 8.00 pm. Don’t touch this!
=> We can use CAN (seel the lesson about « CAN »):
can + feel, hear, see, smell, taste, touch:
Hi, Can you hear me? Can you see me?
Feelings: hate, hope, like, love, prefer, regret, want, wish
I hate him. I hope to find the solution. I like this book. He loves her. I regret, excuse me.
I want to buy this bicycle. I wish you an Happy New Year.
Brain work: believe, know, think, understand.
I believe you. I know the way. I think it’s a good idea. I understand it.
Introductory clauses for direct speech: answer, ask, reply, say
Do you ask him the solution of the problem?
He don’t reply. He isn’t at home!
« I am reading a book » he says.
- 001a: Present Continuous: I am doing
- 001b: Present Continuous: I am doing (2)
- 001c: Present Continuous: I am doing, description (3)
- 002: Present Simple: I do
- 003a: Present Continuous or Present Simple? I’m doing … or … I do … ?
- 003b: Present Continuous or Present Simple? I’m doing … or … I do …? (2)
- 003c: Present Continuous or Present Simple? I’m doing … or … I do … ? (3)