Present simple vs. continuous

Present Simple
We use Present Simple to talk about long-term or repeated actions. We
normally use this tense to talk about our profession, hobbies, routines
and habits. We often use this tense with an adverb of frequency or with
another time expression.

‘What do you do?’
‘I’m an English teacher. I work for Channel Crossings.’
I get up early in the week to go to work. I get up later at the weekends.
I drive to work most days. But sometimes my wife uses the car and I take the bus.
I play golf in the summer and I ski in the winter.

Present Continuous
We use the Present Continuous to talk about temporary or incomplete actions and trends. We can also use it with adverbs and other time expressions.
‘What are you doing?’
‘I’m making dinner.’
I’m taking the bus this week because my car is in the garage.
I’m currently looking for a better-paid job.
More and more young children are using mobile phones these days.
My boss is having a meeting at the moment. Can you call back later?

Glossary

long-term – dlouhodobý
repeated – opakovaný
profession – povolání/profese
routine – běžná situace
 
habit – zvyk
adverb – příslovce
temporary – dočasný/přechodný
incomplete – neúplný/nedokončený
 

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