lunes, 31 de marzo de 2014


Present Simple

The present simple expresses an action in the present taking place once, never or several times. It is also used for actions that take place one after another and for actions that are set by a timetable or schedule.The present simple also expresses facts in the present.

play football every Tuesday.
You play football every Tuesday.
She plays football every Tuesday.
Colins plays football every Tuesday.
We play football every Tuesday.
They play football every Tuesday.

We use the auxiliary Do/ Does for negatives and questions.

I don't play football every Tuesday.
You don't play football every Tuesday.
He doesn't play football every Tuesday.
They don't play football every Tuesday.

Do you play football every Tuesday?
Yes, I do./ No, I don't.
Does she play football every Tuesday?
Yes, she does./ No, she doesn't.

Notice that the 3rd person singular (he, she, it) is different.

We use the present simple with adverbs of frequency, days of the week, months and other time expressions: every..., always, often, nornally, usually, sometimes, seldom, never, rarely, etc.

Present Continuous

The present continuous is used for actions going on on the moment of speaking and for actions  taking place only for a short period of time. It is also used to express development and actions that are arranged for the near future.

I'm playing football now.
You're playing football now.
She's playing football now.
Colins is playing football now.
We're playing football now.
They're playing football now.

I'm not playing football now.
Is he playing football now?
No, he isn't./ Yes, he is.
They're playing football now.
Are you playing football now?
No, we aren't./ Yes, we are.

We use the present cotinuous with the expressions: at the moment, at this moment, today, now, right now, listen!, look!, etc,.

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