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  • Jana
    Participant
    24 May, 2018 at 13:00
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    Hello,
    I would like to ask for some help with a few sentences, which I’m not sure if they are Present simple or continuous. You advise would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

    1. People speak/ are speaking English in many parts of he world these days
    (I would think it’s a permanent situation yet not sure since they have These days in the sentence)

    2. Be careful! you walk/ are walking on a dangerous path.

    3. This ride is amazing! It’s dark and scary. I feel like I fly/ I’m flying in space!

    dan
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    25 May, 2018 at 12:31
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    Hi Jana

    1. People speak / are speaking English in many parts of the world these days.

    Both can be correct.
    – If you use present simple, you want to say that it is a long lasting (maybe even permanent) situation.
    – If you use present continuous, it gives the impression that this situation is changing. More people are speaking English now compared to 10 years ago, for example.

    2. Be careful! you walk/ are walking on a dangerous path.

    Present continuous is correct – this is an action happening at or around the time of speaking.

    3. This ride is amazing! It’s dark and scary. I feel like I fly/ I’m flying in space!

    Present continuous is correct – this is an action happening at or around the time of speaking.

    Hope that helps!

    Dan

    Jana
    Participant
    10 June, 2018 at 18:57
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    Yes it does! Thanks much

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