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Talking about the present


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. 

Present simple and present continuous 1


Present simple and present continuous 2


Present simple and present continuous 3




my yesterday

here i would like to ex plane my yesterday. that was a day make me explainable that's why it was a celebration with my college friends. we are five members and we had celebrated lots of moments after college life. we had completed our college life since 2011. whenever we met, we celebrate well and when lots of fun and recollected our memories then those we recreated. so that we would love our get together but yesterday not only have fun that was day our friend who one will be going to Italy, so the day also have tears

Mr peter could you help me what are the mistakes above my tweet and please suggests to me what kind of things i need to make up on my English.

Hello vishak mv,

I'm afraid that we are too small a team with too much work to be able to offer corrections on users' writing. But reading through your text quickly, I'd recommend you revise the verb tenses you use - there are some that are correct and others that are not - and the use of verb tenses with the word 'since'.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team


He is placed in infosys.

He has placed in infosys.

He got placed in infosys
Plz explain tbe difference with proper timeline and context... I be very thankful..

in the examples of present simple to talk about something happening continually in the present:
1. They live next door to us.
2. He works for the Post Office.
is it possible to use present continous to mean the same?
example 1. they are living next door to us
2. he is working for the post office

Hello Oscas Po,

You can use the present continuous in those sentences, but the meaning is not the same:

They live next door to us. [a permanent state]

They are living next door to us. [a temporary situation which is true at the moment]

He works for the Post Office. [this is his permanent job]

He is working for the Post Office. [at the moment, but probably not for ever]

I hope that help to clarify it for you.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team


thank you very much Peter, I got understand it clearly


I'd like to know about these two sentences.
We are open on 18 march.
We are closed at lunch time.

The problem is are these two sentences passive form or 'open and close' act as the adjectives? If it is passive form why they use 'open' instead of 'opened'?

Thank you.

Hello bimsara,

The first sentence here is best thought of as having an adjective, for the reason which you give - that we would use the past participle 'opened' rather than 'open'.  The second sentence could be seen as either, but I think it is more helpful to consider it an adjectival form as it describes the state of the business rather than a particular action of closing.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Hello there,

We have known each other for long time. This is a present perfect sentence. And I'd like to know that can we use 'for' with present simple sentences?As an example

We know each other for long time.
And also what are the sentence pattens that we can use 'yet'? I only know present perfect.

Thank you.