Learn and practise the present continuous tense and the present simple tense in English.A Compare:
present continuous (I am doing)
We use the continuous for things happening at or around the time of speaking. The action is not complete.
present simple (I do)
We use the simple for things in general or things that happen repeatedly.
|We use the continuous for temporary situations
(things that continue for a short time):
|We use the simple for permanent situations
(things that continue for a long time):
I always do something = I do it every time:
- I always go to work by car. (not I’m always going)
I’m always doing something = I do it too often or more often than normal.
- Paul is never satisfied. He’s always complaining. (= he complains too much)
- You’re always looking at your phone. Don’t you have anything else to do?