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PRESENT CONTINUOUS

We can use alwayswith the present continuous to mean 'very often', usually with the added meaning of too often'.

Tom is always invitingfriends here.

(= He invites them very often.)

I'm always making silly mistakes.

(= I make silly mistakes too often.)


PRESENT SIMPLE

We use the present simple for a routine or situation that we see as permanent.

/ work at a sports shop. It's a permanent job. They livein a very nice flat.

PRESENT SIMPLE

Always with the present simple means 'every time'.

Tom always invitesus to stay at Christmas. (= He invites us every Christmas.) / always make silly mistakes in exams. (= I make mistakes in every exam.)


5 Exercises

1 Present continuous or simple? (A-B)

At work Mark is talking to Alan in the corridor. Complete their conversation.

Put in the present continuous or simple of the verbs.

Mark: (►) Are you looking (you / look) for someone?

Alan: Yes, (►) / need (I / need) to speak to Neil. He isn't in his office.

Mark: (1)……………………………. (he / talk) to the boss at the moment.

(2)…………………………….. (I / think) (3)…………………………… (they / discuss) money.

Alan: Oh, right. And what about you? (4)…………………………….. (you / look) for someone too?

Mark: Yes, Linda. (5).................. (you / know) where she is?

Alan: Oh, she isn't here today.

She only (6) (work) four days a week.

(7) ................. (she / not / work) on Fridays. She'll be here on Monday.

Mark: Thank you. (8)...................... (you / know) a lot about Linda.

Alan: Well, most days (9)................... (I / give) her a lift,

or(10) ................. (she / give) me one. (11) ……………………..(she / live)

quite close to me. (12) ................... (it / save) petrol.

Mark: Yes, of course. Good idea. Yes, (13) ....................... (1/ agree).

Well, (14)................. (I / waste) my time here then. I'll get back to my computer.

2 Present continuous or simple? (A-C)

Complete the sentences. Put in the present continuous or simple of the verbs.

I'm writing (I / write) to my parents. / write (I / write) to them every weekend.

1 (it / snow) outside........................ (it / come) down quite hard,

look.

2 Normally .......... (I / start) work at eight o'clock,

but ................... (I / start) at seven this week. We're very busy at the moment.

3 I haven't got a car at the moment, so............. (I / go) to work on the bus this week.

Usually (I / drive) to work.

4 The sun (rise) in the east, remember. It's behind us so

......... (we / travel) west.

5 I'm afraid I have no time to help just now.............. (I / write) a report. But

........... (I / promise) I'll give you some help later.

6 .................... (I / want) a new car............ (I / save) up to buy one.

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