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Present Tense in English

English has two 'present' tenses. The simple present is used mostly to talk about things that are always true, and things that happen repeatedly:

Cats catch mice.

My father works in an office.

I go to school every day.

I walk to work every Tuesday.

We use the present continuous / present progressive to talk about things that are happening as we speak:

The children are playing in the park.

I’m studying hard for my exams.

NOTE: We can also use the present continuous to talk about the future.

I’m playing squash tomorrow.

He’s catching the train at 6pm.

I'm walking to work next Friday.


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