Using the resent simple and present continuous Part 2
In this article we′re dealing with how to use the present simple and present continuous, this article has been prepared exclusively for Bitcoinmais.com, it has two sections:
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We often use the present simple and present continuous in stories and jokes in informal spoken English to create the impresion that events are happening now. This can make them more direct and exciting and hold people′s attention
She goes up to this man and looks straight into his eyes. He′s not weaing his glasses, and he doesn′t recognise her...
This man′s playing gold when a kangarro bounds up to him, grab his club and hits his ball half a mile.
The main events are usually described in sequence using the present simple and longer background events are described using the present continuous.
In narratives and anecdotes the present simple can be used to highlight an event. Often is used after past tenses and with a phrase such as suddenly or all of a sudden.
I was sitting in the park, reading a newspaperm when all of a sudden this dog jumps at me.
We also use the present simple and present continuous in live commentaries (for example, on sports events) when the report takes place at the same time as the action:
King serves to the left-hand court and Adams makes a wonderful return. She′s playing magnificient in this match.
We can use the present simple in phrases such as:
- It says here
- I hear
- I see
- I understand
- They say
- Someone says
- Someone tells me
to introduce news that we have head, read, seen (e.g. on television), or been told. We can also use past tenses (e.g. It said here, I heard):
I gather you′re worried about Pedro.
Sophia tells me you′re thinking of emigrating.
Professor Cage is at the conference and I hear she′s an excellent speaker.
The present simple is often used in news headlines to talk about events that have recently happened:
Fire Breaks Out In Hotel Room
Second Quake Hits Japan
Scientists Find Ice On The Moon
Foreign Minister Resigns
We can use the present simple to refer to the contents of books, films, newspapers,etc:
Thompson gives a list of the largest European companies in Chapter 1.
At the beginning of the book, two men find $3 million in a ship.
In the film, Jessica Simpson takes the role of a teacher.
We can use the present continuous with adverbs such as: always, contantly, continually or forever
to emphasise that something is done so often that it is characteristic of a person, group or thing.
A: I think I′ll stay here after all. B: You′re constantly changing your mind.
John is a really kind person. He′s always offering to help me with my work
We can use the present continuous to describe something we regularly do at a certain time:
At 23 o′clock I′m usually writing my articles, so phone me on my mobile.
6 o′clock is a bit early. We′re generally eating then.
Complete these sentences using the verbs in brackets. Use the present simple or present continuous
- Rodriguez ______ to Messi who _________ just over the bar. Barcelona ______ much more in this half (pass-shoot-attack)
- A man ______ home late one night after the office Christmas party. His wife _____ for him, and she_______ to him (Arrive-await-say)
- I went to a concert yesterdfay in the Town Hall. In the middle of it, while the orchestra _______ this man suddenly _______ on his seat and _______ to conduct them (play-stand-start)
Complete what each person says about the news they have read or heard using the present tense.
- GOVERNMENT GIVES HEALTH SERVICE BILLLIONS
- I ______ the government′s giving ________
- VEGECORP TO SACK 1,000 WORKERS
- Vegecorp are going to ____________
- PRESIDENT CARTMAN ANNOUNCED A NEW PUBLIC HOLIDAY ON HIS BIRTHDAY, AUGUST 6TH. HE MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT...
- ________ we′re going to .have ________
- Did you hear Bruno′s crashed his car?
- _________ Bruno′s ______________
- I′ve got a new job!
- _________ she′s _______________
Expand one of the sets of notes below to complete each dialogue
continually/change/mind forever/mon/work forever/ask me/money
constanly/ criticise/ driving always/complain/handwriting
- A: I can′t read this B: You′re ______________________
- A: Can I borrow $10? B: You′re _____________________
- A: That was a dangerous thing to do B: You′re ________________
- A: I think I′ll stay ere after all. B: You′re ____________________
- A: I had a bad day at the office again B: You′re _________________