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There is wind where the rose was,
Cold rain where sweet grass was,
And clouds like sheep
Stream o'er the steep
Grey skies where the lark was.

Nought warm where your hand was,
Nought gold where your hair was,
But phantom, forlorn,
Beneath the thorn,
Your ghost where your face was.

Cold wind where your voice was,
Tears, tears where my heart was,
And ever with me,
Child, ever with me,
Silence where hope was.

November by Walter de la Mare
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Practise the Present Simple vs Present Continuous Tenses

HeknerHekner Posts: 1,490 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited December 2016 in The Tenses
"when the women phone, I say,
o yes, I write, I’m a writer
only I’m not writing right now." (Charles Bukowski)
"The world was a fantastic, marvelous, awesome place, Rose decided."
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  • BobmendezBobmendez Posts: 392 ✭✭✭
    Hi! @Hekner! I found interesting example about these tenses. When people say "My brother lives with us" they mean they allways live together, but when they say "My brother is living with us" they mean they are living together in that moment olny for some time. Is it correct? How do you think?
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,585 mod
    Hi Bob,

    I think you mean "What do you think?"

    "How do you think", would be the kind of question a neuro-scientist might be able to answer.
  • Ram0809Ram0809 Posts: 4
    Yes its correct
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,585 mod
    "it's" @Ram0809‌ - don't forget to use the apostrophe when writing the short form.

    http://www.learnenglish.de/grammar/shortforms.html
  • zohaib - inactivezohaib - inactive Posts: 133 Inactive
    edited May 2014
    I listen a song it is simple present, I am listening song, it is present continuous tense

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    "I listen to a song" is in the simple present tense.

    "I am listening to a song" is in the present continuous tense.
    Post edited by Lynne on
  • HeknerHekner Posts: 1,490 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Hello @zohaib. You might like to try some of the lessons.

    http://www.learn-english-online.org/
    "The world was a fantastic, marvelous, awesome place, Rose decided."
  • zohaib - inactivezohaib - inactive Posts: 133 Inactive
    @Hekner yes to remember things
  • HermineHermine Moderator Posts: 6,675 mod
    Here it starts to get dark at around 5.30pm. `Starts`refers to Present simple tense.
    It is getting dark by now. `Is getting`refers to Present continues, ing-form or progressive tense. All three of them have the same meaning namley happening right now.
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,585 mod
    Here it starts to get dark at around 5:30pm. = It happened yesterday, it happened / is happening or is going to happen today, and it's going to happen tomorrow too.

    It is getting dark now. = It's happening right now.

    It's usually dark by now. = Implies that maybe it's not getting dark. Strange and mysterious.
  • HermineHermine Moderator Posts: 6,675 mod
    Yesterday at this time of day it was snowing.
    Yesterday it had been snowing for hours.
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,585 mod
    edited May 2015
    Yesterday, at this time, it was snowing.
    or
    This time yesterday it was snowing.

    Yesterday it had been snowing for hours, when ...
    or
    It snowed for hours yesterday.
    Post edited by Lynne on
  • HermineHermine Moderator Posts: 6,675 mod
    Lynne at this moment I am really not sure if I still love English or is it dying. I was so what of sure that I got the tenses correctly, but they are wrong as ever.
    I leafed through some English grammer books and found some examples about `Present perfect continuous`. I was so endeavoured to get the hang of, but the result is demoralizising me.

    Let me show you a sentence:

    4) PERFECT PROGRESSIVE VERB TENSES


    Present Perfect Progressive Tense
    Present Perfect Progressive Tense

    I have been studying for two hours.


    Event in progress: studying
    When? Before now, up to now

    I cannot bear some more setbacks, at least for this moment.

  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,585 mod
    edited May 2015
    @Hermine - You got the tense right, but the words "at this time of day" were unnecessary.

    If it makes you feel better, when you are speaking with me you rarely get it wrong any more. It seems to be when you think too hard, you get in a muddle between German and English. :)

    Your second example was also in the correct tense, but you needed a bit more info.

    For example:-

    I had been driving for hours, when I saw a light in the distance.
  • HermineHermine Moderator Posts: 6,675 mod
    @Lynne, many thanks for your nice words. It may be the grammar books I use are a bit strange in explaining this tense.
  • SairaSaira Posts: 846 ✭✭✭
    edited June 2015
    I do shopping for Christmas. (present simple)
    I Iron her clothes. (present simple)
    I am doing shopping for Christmas. (present continuous)
    I am Ironing her clothes. (present continuous)
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  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,585 mod
    @Saira

    I do my Christmas shopping in July. (present simple)
    I iron her clothes. (present simple)
    I am doing my Christmas shopping. (present continuous)
    I am ironing her clothes. (present continuous)
  • SairaSaira Posts: 846 ✭✭✭
    @Lynne, thanks for correction,you are very kind.
  • SairaSaira Posts: 846 ✭✭✭
    I am a makeup artist.(present simple)
    I am doing Engagement makeup for my client.(present continuous)
    When I do makeup,I always keep in mind her outfit and occasion.(present simple)
    I am doing her hairstyle with backcombing,because she hasn't much hair.(present continuous)
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,585 mod
    You're welcome Saira.

    I am a makeup artist. (present simple)
    I am doing makeup for a client who is getting engaged.(present continuous)
    When I do makeup, I always keep in mind the outfit and the occasion.(present simple)
    I am creating a hairstyle for her that involves lots of backcombing, because she hasn't got much hair.(present continuous)
  • SairaSaira Posts: 846 ✭✭✭
    @Lynne,thanks for correction, I always have 1000000000000000000 mistakes,how can I improve that?
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,585 mod
    edited June 2015
    I would work on your maths first. ;)

    Actually you got the tenses right, I just tweaked the vocab a bit. :)
  • SairaSaira Posts: 846 ✭✭✭
    @Lynne,thankssssss B) :)
  • RomanRoman Posts: 493 ✭✭✭
    These tangerines are really big and delicious. I am eating them with great pleasure.
  • NiwatNiwat Posts: 6
    edited November 2015
    The English is my second language. (Present tense)
    I am learning English language and reading the forum of present continuous tense.(Present continuous tense)

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    English is my second language. (Present tense)

    I am learning English, and reading this thread about the present continuous tense. (Present continuous tense)
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  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,585 mod
    @Niwat - You've got the right idea. :)
  • sohnisohni Posts: 42 ✭✭
    Thanx every1 making my concept more clear
  • RemaRema Posts: 1,126 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 2016
    On the daily basis,I read the comments from our forum.
    Right now I'm reading and trying to distinguish these two tenses- present simple and present continuous.

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    I read the comments from our forum on a daily basis.
    Right now I'm reading and trying to distinguish between these two tenses - the present simple and present continuous.
    Post edited by Lynne on
    Marko
  • sirinsirin Posts: 39 ✭✭
    edited November 2016
    Hi Lynne!
    It would be true?
    Charley collects a little bottles a long time.(Pr Simple)
    He is imagining that one day he can catch forest fairy(Pr Cont.)
    Can I use 'image' in this phrase for this tense? If no, how i can do that?

    Sory, previous post is mistake

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    Hi Lynne,

    Are these correct?

    Charley collects little bottles for her work. (Pr Simple)
    He is wondering if one day he will be able to catch a forest fairy. (Pr Cont)
    Post edited by Lynne on
  • LynneLynne Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,585 mod
    Hi @sirin,

    If you want to use "imagining" in the continuous, you could say:-

    He is imagining a world in which he would be able to catch forest fairies. (Please leave the forest fairies in peace.)
  • takafromtokyotakafromtokyo Posts: 2,296 ✭✭✭✭
    edited December 2016
    Practice
    (1) I work for a chemical manufacturing company.
    (2) It's about 1:30 a.m. in Tokyo. I'm not working now.
    (3) We always have a great time at this annual party.
    (4) The last year's party was a disaster. We're having a great time at this year's party.
    (5) What do you do for a living?
    (6) What are you doing to earn money during the summer vaction?
    (7) I sit here every morning.
    (8) I'm sitting here until he shows up.

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    (4) Last year's party was a disaster, but we're having a great time at this year's party.
    (6) vacation NAmE holiday BrE
    !Note - you could say "The party last year was a disaster ..."
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