Present Simple or Progressive

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  • Jana
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    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 [u]speak/ are speaking[/u] 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 [u]walk/ are walking[/u] on a dangerous path.

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

    Keith
    Moderator
    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 [u]long lasting[/u] (maybe even permanent) situation.
    – If you use present continuous, it gives the impression that this situation is [u]changing[/u]. 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!

    Keith

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

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