1. We use the present simple:

  • to talk about something happening regularly in the present:

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

  •  to talk about something happening continually in the present:

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

  •  to talk about things which are generally or always true:

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

2. We use the present continuous:

  • to show that something in the present is temporary:

We are living in a rented flat at present.
My wife usually goes in to the office, but she is working at home today.

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

I’m usually getting ready for work at eight o’clock.
When I see George he’s always reading his newspaper.

  • for something happening before and after the moment of speaking:

I can’t hear you. I’m listening to my iPod.
Be quiet. The children are sleeping.

3. We use modal verbs

  • to talk about the present when we are not sure of something:

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.

 

 

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Some words are used with one spelling as nouns and another spelling as verb,such as 'advice' and 'advise', 'practice' and 'practise'.Are there any other words like that? Kindly let me know if there are any.

Hello Raashid,
You asked the same question on another page. Please make comments one time only. We have many comments to read and answer and it saves us time if everyone writes the same comment once.
Best wishes,
Adam
The LearnEnglish Team

hi every body..
are there any marks which help us to know which tens we use in the sentence?.if we use present simple or present continuous.
thanks  

Hello Saby,
I'm not quite sure what you mean by 'marks' - this page gives you some advice on when we use present simple and present continuous. One important thing to remember in English is that tense and verb forms are not always 100% fixed by the situation. They can also be the choice of the speaker, who might decide to focus on one aspect of a situation.
Best wishes,
Adam
The LearnEnglish Team

I need to improve my speaking. how can i practice it ?

Hello parackrama!
 
Practising your spoken English can be tricky, but here are a few suggestions.

  • Use the comments section here to practice grammar and vocabulary. It's writing, but still useful.
  • Try to record yourself. Choose some of the discussion questions and go to a site like www.vocaroo.com, record your answers, and playback your recording – what mistakes did you make? What do you like about your answer?
  • Keep listening to our recordings. One of the best ways to improve speaking... is listening!
  • Finally, remember you don't have to have a native speaker to talk to. Maybe a friend or colleague wants to talk English – ask around, and find someone who wants to practice.

 
Good luck, and keep working on it!
 
Jeremy Bee
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi there! Hope to find all of you well.

Could you explain me the difference between

"to talk about something happening regularly in the present:

The children come home from school at about four"

and

"something happening regularly in the present before and after a given time:
I’m usually getting ready for work at eight o’clock".

Look forward to hearing from you,

Sincerely your, Anna

I want to improve my wriitng skill. How can I improve it ?
 

Hello Ajjumaestro,
There isn't one simple way to improve your writing. Firstly, you need to think about the type of writing you need to do. Is it emails to friends, essays in school, reports for a business etc.? Then, you need to work out which areas of your writing you need to improve. It might be that your sentences are not well connected together or you use vocabulary wrongly or it might be another problem.
When you have a clearer idea of what your goal is and how you need to improve, then you will be able to work on specific areas of your writing.
Best wishes,
Adam
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Admin,
is there any real site where i can write sentences and it automatically identify the grammatical mistakes and suggests possible correction if yes than please give me the address. I will always be  thankful to you.
" I wish it would be true" (like when i am trying to say what u are saying isn't true)
is it correct sentence?.
plz give your feedback
thanks

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