Level: intermediate

We use the present simple to talk about:

  • something that is true in the present:

They live next door to us.
He works for the Post Office.

  • something that happens regularly in the present:

The children come home from school at about four.
We often see your brother at work.

  • something that is always true:

Water boils at 100 degrees Celsius.
The Nile is the longest river in Africa.

We use the present continuous to talk about:

  • something happening at the moment of speaking:

I can't hear you. I'm listening to a podcast.
Please be quiet. The children are sleeping.

  • something happening regularly in the present before and after a specific time:

I'm usually having breakfast at this time in the morning.
When I see George he's usually reading his Kindle.

  • something in the present which we think is temporary:

Michael is at university. He's studying history.
I love Harry Potter. I'm reading the last book.

  • something which is new and contrasts with a previous state:

Nowadays people are sending text messages instead of phoning.
I hear you've moved house. Where are you living now?

  • something which is changing, growing or developing:

The weather is getting colder.
Our grandchildren are growing up quickly.

  • something which happens again and again:

It's always raining in London.
They are always arguing.
George is great. He's always laughing.

Note that we normally use always with this use.

We use modal verbs:

I don't know where Henry is. He might be playing tennis.
'Who's knocking at the door?' – 'I don't know. It could be the police.'

I can speak English quite well but I can't speak French at all.
You should do your homework before you go out. 

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Hello dipakrgandhi,

It is possible to omit the definite article when the superlative is used after the verb 'be' and not immediately before a noun. These are called predicative adjectives:

This is the best house. [attributive adjective]

This house is (the) best. [predicative adjective]

I live in the biggest house. [attributive adjective]

I live in the house which is (the) biggest. [predicative adjectives]

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you sir; i have known this for the first time.

thanks a lot sir for this reply

I'm usually getting ready for work at eight o'clock - can we use this sentence in present simple? like ' I usually get ready for work at eight o'clock' ? thank you.

Hello eıtney,

Generally we would use 'I usually get ready' to talk about routines. We can use the present continuous when we want to emphasise that we are usually in the middle of doing something at the time given, however.

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

1)can modal verb 'would' be used for present time and future time (NOT future from past) reference.
a)The PM would visit this place next Monday.(future time)
b) CCTV cameras are installed in the classrooms, parents would now be able to see their wards from their homes.(present time)
c)After getting married he would become more responsible in his life.

Hello innocentashish420,

'Would' is the past form of 'will' but it can certainly be used with present and future meaning. Generally, it suggests a hypothetical meaning - a possibility, depending on some other condition or requirement.

For examples of the use of both 'will' and 'would' see this page.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

this error happens again. i match both present continuous with "to describe a temporary situation" and "to describe something happening before and after a given time" but it's wrong answer. why???

Hello Anh Tuấn,

Thank you for letting us know about this. We are currently updating many of the exercises to new formats and it appears that there are some gremlins in the system! We will try to fix the exercise as soon as possible.

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

it was a good movie. Although the script wasn't that much good as it was expected but Anushka played her role very well in the movie.Movie delivers a clear message to the Govt. about its flaws in the Law and they must do something to stop these Crime.

The review about the movie that i have written above is grammatically correct or not?
i want to know that initally i was writing in the past tense and suddenly i changed to present tense.Is this correct ?

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