Present Tense: Present simple vs Present Continuous


1. Present simple

Present Tense: Present simple vs Present Continuous


1. Present simple
Present simple is used to talk about
  • Permanent situations - situations that are generally or permanently true
  • Routines and frequency - routines and things we do regularly
  • Scientific or other facts
  • Programmes and timetables - in this case present simple can refer to the future
    There are two flights from Minneapolis to Seattle. One leaves at 11.15 and arrives at approx. 13.30, and another one leaves at 17.15 and arrives at 18.40
2. Present continuous
Present continuous is used to talk about
  • Moment of speaking - activity taking place at the moment of speaking
  • Current projects - actions or activities and current projects that are taking place over a period of time (even if they not taking place at the moment of speaking)
    Holiday Travel Company has moved into the health and leisure business. It is setting up new fitness club in the city and hopes to expand to other places.
  • Permanent situations - situations that are generally or permanently true
  • Routines and frequency - routines and things we do regularly
  • Scientific or other facts
  • Programmes and timetables - in this case present simple can refer to the future
    There are two flights from Minneapolis to Seattle. One leaves at 11.15 and arrives at approx. 13.30, and another one leaves at 17.15 and arrives at 18.40
2. Present continuous
Present continuous is used to talk about
  • Moment of speaking - activity taking place at the moment of speaking
  • Current projects - actions or activities and current projects that are taking place over a period of time (even if they not taking place at the moment of speaking)
    Holiday Travel Company has moved into the health and leisure business. It is setting up new fitness club in the city and hopes to expand to other places.