The Difference between Present Continuous and Simple Present

SIMPLE PRESENT and
PRESENT CONTINUOUS:
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 and then read the explanations and examples below.

Summary

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

Present Continuous - used for what  you are doing RIGHT NOW

Examples

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.


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