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Present simple and present progressive tense



How do we know when to use present simple tense or present continuous tense?




This should help as a start: Also


Not easy to master, some of this grammar.  I'm spending more time than usual going over Ci and Ne…!






Yes it's definitely a spiral of confusions!

Thank you for the help.





Hi Apoorva


Thanks for your question!

  • As a general rule, the present continuous is used to talk about what is happening at the moment/right now.

For instance:


“Che stai facendo?" - What are you doing?

“Sto leggendo un libro.” - I'm reading a book (right now)


In some cases, you can use the present simple in place of the present continuous. In fact, you could have said “Leggo un libro” (literally: I read a book) to indicate an action taking place in this moment - that's very common and considered to be correct.


For all things that are taking place at the present time but not in this exact minute, I'd tend to use the present continuous. 


Hope this helps :)


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