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present simple and present continuous
State verbs and event (action or dynamic) verbs
Present simple generally refers to:
- Facts that are always true
Water boils at 100 degrees Celsius.
British people drink a lot of tea.
/ don't like gangster films.
- Present continuous (progressive) generally refers to actions which are in progress at the moment. These can be temporary:
I'm staying in a hotel until I find a fiat.
- They can be actually in progress:
The dog is sleeping on our bed!
- Or they can be generally in progress but not actually happening at the moment:
I'm learning to drive.
- State verbs describe a continuing state, so do not usually have a continuous form. Typical examples are:
believe, belong, consist, contain, doubt, fit, have, know, like, love, matter, mean, need, own, prefer, seem, suppose, suspect, understand, want, wish
- Some verbs have a stative meaning and a different active meaning. Typical examples are:
be, depend, feel, have, measure, see, taste, think, weigh
- Jill's being noisy.
- We're having an interesting conversation!
- David's thinking about getting a new job.
- I'm just tasting the soup.
- I'm feeling terrible.
- We're weighing the baby.
- Bill, I'm depending on you to win this contract for us.