The Difference between Present Continuous and Simple Present

What's the Difference?

Lots of English learners have trouble with the idea of the simple present and the present continuous. But what are these things?

The simple present - I run every day. He is 2 meters tall. They eat lots of spaghetti.

The present continuous - I am cooking dinner. He is sleeping. They are driving to Munich.

Both of these are talking about now: the present. But it's looking at them in a different way. To better understand the difference and when you should use each one, first watch this video. Then read the explanation, and do some exercises to test your understanding.


Simple Present - used for general facts and things that happen regularly (like habits).

Present Continuous - used for what  you are doing RIGHT NOW


I live in Berlin.
My brother drinks coffee every morning.
Berlin is the capital of Germany.

I am sitting in my apartment at the moment.
My brother is sleeping right now.
They are traveling through Asia.


Answer in the comments below to test your understanding.

1 - What are you doing right now?

2 - ​When do you usually wake up in the morning?

3 - What is the capital of your country?

4 - Are you drinking anything right now?

5 - What do you drink in the morning?

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