Unit 3. Present Continuous and Present Simple (1) (I am doing and I do)
Study the explanations and compare the examples:
(настоящее продолженное и простое настоящее времена I)
|Present continuous (I am doing)
Use the continuous for something that is
happening at or around the time of speaking.
The action is not finished.
Present simple (I do)
Use the simple for things in general or things
that happen repeatedly.
I always do and I'm always doing
Usually we say "I always do something" (= I do it every time):
- I always go to work by car. (not I'm always going)
I've lost my key again.
I'm always losing things.
|"I'm always losing things" does not mean that I lose things every time.
It means that I lose things too often, more often than normal.
You're always -ing" means that you do something very often,
more often than the speaker thinks is normal or reasonable.
- You're always watching television. You should do something more active.
- John is never satisfied. He's always complaining.
See Unit 19. Present tenses (I am doing/ I do) for the future