What's the difference?
Present Simple and Present Continuous
|Present Simple||Present Continuous|
|Things which are always true:
||Things which are happening at the moment of speaking:
|Permanent situations (or nearly permanent; true for a few years at least):
|Habits or things we do regularly:
||Temporary or new habits:
|Future events which are part of a timetable:
||Definite future plans:
|To talk about what happens in books, plays and films:
||To talk about people in pictures and photos:
- We use the present simple with stative verbs. We can't use any continuous tense (including the present continuous tense, of course) with stative verbs.
- Present simple or present continuous exercise 1
- Present simple or present continuous exercise 2
- Present simple or present continuous exercise 3
If you want to learn more about the tenses, especially about how to use them when you're speaking, you could try my video course, Terrific Tenses, which is part of Perfect English Grammar Plus.