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Flathunting Scene 1 Language Focus

Ashlie and Rob cover some different ways to talk about disliking something and continue on to discuss the present continuous.

Task 1

Choose the right ending to finish the expressions.



Task 2

Match the examples of the present continuous with the right description.



Task 3

Finish the sentences from the last exercise by using the present continuous. Use 'always' if you need it.




Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


In the present continuous tense, can I use "at the present" as a synonym of "at the moment"? Or I have to use "at present"?

Hello lengocthuyduong,

The normal form in UK English is at present, not at the present.

You can say at the present time.

You can also use for the present, but this has a slightly different meaning. It implies something is temporary and not an ideal or intended situation.



The LearnEnglish Team

Good afternoon, Dear Teachers!
Could you, please, explain the following sentence:
"I'm sorry I'm so tired. We are having a lot of problems at work."
Why do they use Present Continuous, because it's (hard work) happening during a whole day or everyday (again and again as Rob said)?
Is it correct?
Thank you advance for you explanations!
Best regards, Anastasia.

Hello Anastasia,

The present continuous can be used to describe temporary situations or states.

We have a lot of problems at work - generally

We are having a lot of problems at work - at the moment


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

I have a question in task 2
The following sentence:I'm reading an excellent book at the moment was listed under An action happening around now
Why they didn't list it under An action happening exactly now
Please,could you explain it for me
I got confused
Thanks in advance ^_^

Hello Marwa1083,

'at the moment' can mean 'right now', but it can also be used to refer to a general time that includes the present moment – it means something like 'these days', though is more specific.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello The LearnEnglish Team
I went through the present continuous page .It was very helpful Thank you very much

Hi learning English team

I have been following up your listen and watch courses, specially Britain is great and word on the street, from 3 months ago. Also I read the grammar courses but I still confusing when I want to make my own sentences with right tense.
How can I improve my skill in right tense in my sentences?

Hello maisam34,

It's difficult to give you specific advice without knowing you better, but it sounds to me as if some writing practise could be really useful for you. You're welcome to write comments here on LearnEnglish - sometimes other users will respond, especially if you ask users questions about what they've said. Our Facebook page is another place that you can interact with other users as well.

If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to ask!

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello LearnEnglish Team!
I read in all English textbooks that Present Simple is used for actions that happens regularly. Also it's possible to use Present Perfect if we say "always". Why did Rob say that in this case Present Continuous is used?