Present continuous (I am doing)
We use the continuous for things happening at or around the time of speaking.
The action is not complete.
I am doing
- The water is boiling. Can you turn it off?
- Listen to those people. What language are the speaking?
- Ley's go out. It isn't raining now.
- I'm busy. What are you doing?
- I'm getting hungry. Let's go and eat.
- Kate wants to work in Italy, so she's learning Italian.
- The population of the world is increasing very fast.
We use the continuous for temporary situations:
- I'm living with some friends until I find a place of my own.
- A: You're working hard today.
B: Yes, I have a lot to do.
Present simple (I am doing)
We use the simple for things in general or things that happen repeatedly.
- Water boils at 100 degrees Celsius.
- Excuse me, do you speak English?
- It doesn't rain very much in summer.
- What do you usually do at weekends?
- I always get hungry in the afternoon.
- Most people learn to swim when they are children.
- Every day the population of the world increases by about 200,000 people.
We use the simple for permanent situations:
- My parents live in London. They have lived there all there lives.
- John isn't lazy. He works hard most of the time.
I always do and I'm always doing
I always do (something) = I do it every time:
- I always go to work by car. (not I'm always going)
I'm always doing somethinghas a different meaning.
For example : I've lost my pen again. I'm always losing things.
= I lose thins very often.
- You're always watching TV. You should do something more active.
- David is never satisfied. He's always complaining.( = He complains too much)
Are the underlined verbs right or wrong? Correct them where necessary.
- Water boils at 100 degrees Celsius.
- The water boils. Can you turn if off?
- Look! That man tries to open the door of your car.
- Can you hear those people? What do they talk about?
- The moon goes round the earth in about 27 days.
- I must go now. It gets late.
- I usually go to work by car.
- Hurry up! It's time to leave. OK I come.
- I hear you've got a new job. How do you get on?
- Oscar is never late. He's always getting to work on time.
- They don't get on well. They're always arguing.
Put the verb into the correct form. present continuous or present simple.
- Let's go out. It __________ (not / rain) now.
- Olivia is very good at languages. She __________(speak) four languages very well.
- Hurry up! Everybody ____________________ (wait) for you.
- ____________________ (you / listen) to the radio? No, you can turn it off.
- ____________________ (you / listen) to the radio every day? No just occasionally.
- The River Nile ____________________ (flow) into the Mediterranean.
- The The river ____________________ (flow) vary fast today - much faster than usual.
- We usually ____________________ (grow) vegetables in our garden, but this year we ____________________ (not / grow) any.
- A: How's your English?
B: Not bad. I think it ____________________ (improve) slowly.
- Olivia is in London at the moment. She ____________________ (stay) at the Park Hotel.
She always ____________________ (stay) there when she's in London.
- Can we stop walking soon? I ____________________ (start) to feel tired.
- A: Can you drive?
B: I __________ (learn). My father __________ (teach) me.
- Normally I __________ (finish) work at five, but this week I __________ (work) until six to earn a little more money.
- My parents __________ (live) in Manchester. They were born there and have never lived anywhere else. Where ____________________ (your parents / live)?
- Sonia __________ (look) for a place to live. She __________ (stay) with her sister until she finds somewhere.
- A: What ____________________ (your brother / do)?
B: He's an architect, but he ____________________ (not / work) at the moment.
- (at a party) I usually __________ (enjoy) parties, but I __________ (not / enjoy) this one very much.
Finish B's sentences. Use always -ing.
- A: I've lost my pen again.
B: Not again! _____________________________________________.
- A: The car has broken down again.
B: That car is useless. It _____________________________________________.
- A: Look! You've made the same mistake again.
B: Oh no, not again! I _____________________________________________.
- A:Oh. I've forgotten my glasses again.
B: Typical! _____________________________________________.