Presentation on theme: "Present simple vs. Present continuous"— Presentation transcript:
1 Present simple vs. Present continuous Mgr. Ema Jarošová
2 Present simple we use To talk about permanent situations I live in London but I come from Canada.For habitual actions or routinesWe see each other every day.For a general truthCats don´t like water.Water boils at 100 degrees Centigrade.
3 In instructions and directions To get to my house, you take the first turning on the left.In film reviews and plot summariesBullock gives a plausible performance in the lead role.In sports commentariesBeckham passes the ball to Cole– and he scores
4 These adverbs of frequency and time expressions are often used with the present simple: Never, hardly ever, rarely, seldom, occasionaly, sometimes, frequently, often, usually, alwaysEvery day/ week, in the morning/evenings, on mondays, once a week/year....
5 State verbsDescribe a state, not an activity. They cannot normally be used in the continuous form:Mental/thinking verbs: agree, believe, disagree, doubt, expect*, forget*,know, realise, remember*, suppose, think*, understandAttitude verbs: dislike, hate, like, love, need, prefer, wantSense/ perception verbs: hear, see*, smell*, taste*Appearance: appear*, look*, resemble, seem, soundBeing, possession: be*, belong to, consist of, contain, have*, include, own, possessOther verbs: cost, fit, matter, mean, owe
6 Present continuous we use For activities and situations that are temporaryI´m only staying here for a short time.For actions in progress at the moment of speakingI´m taking a break.Situations that are changingTraffic is getting worse every year.Annoying habits with alwaysYou´re always forgetting your keys!
7 These time expressions are often used with the present continuous: Always, still, currentlyAt present, at the moment, (right) now