Mini English Lessons: present simple v. present continuous

What’s the difference between the present simple and the present continuous? 

British Council teacher, Zina, explains when to use the present simple and when to use the present continuous in this Mini English Lesson. 

It’s always more fun to watch the video, but here’s a little summary for you. 

The present simple is used to talk about:

  • general truths
  • repeated actions
  • instructions
  • future plans that are set 

The present continuous, on the other hand, is used to talk about:

  • something that’s happening right now
  • a newly formed habit
  • future plans – but here we need to use a time word

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