Weblinks: Simple Present vs Present Progressive

Verb Tense Form Meaning Example Negative
Simple Present base form or S form usually, generally, every day, never He works at home.

You drink coffee.

She doesn’t work.

I don’t like onions.

Present Progressive/ Present Continuous

(two names for the same thing)

**action verbs only

present of BE (am/is/are)

+

ING verb

right now in progress

ongoing at this time

I am writing

She is drinking

You are living

I’m not driving

He isn’t running

They aren’t cutting

Simple present can be used to mean NOW with nonaction verbs. base form     or

S-form

right now (nonaction verbs – mental states and senses) I need milk.

He understands.

You don’t mean that

She smells a fire

The present of BE is nonaction, so it is always simple present. I am
You are
She/he/it is
We/they are
right now (nonaction – place or feeling)

 

I am at home

She is happy

You aren’t hungry

He isn’t in his room

Explanations:

http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/330/grammar/simcon.htm

http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/presentcontinuous.html

http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/simplepresent.html

http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/simpre-prepro

Video Lessons

Practice:

http://www.eslcafe.com/quiz/present1.html

http://englishpage.com/verbpage/verbs1.htm

http://a4esl.org/q/h/vm/sp_or_pc.html

http://englishpage.com/verbpage/verbs2.htm

http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/exercises/tenses/simple_present_progressive2.htm

http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/330/grammar/simcon1.htm

More practice:

 

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