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ESL forum > Grammar and Linguistics > Present simple or continuous?    

Present simple or continuous?



MJ_Misa
Czech Republic

Present simple or continuous?
 
Dear colleagues.

I feel really embarrased asking this question but I have to askUnhappy

I found this sentence and I am not sure what tense use.
(Peter and Jane work) in London at the moment?

Because there is "at the moment", it s indicating there should be pr. continuous but I d rather use pr. simple because I understand it that they have  been living and working there for some time, and they go to work on regular basis.

Sorry to ask you such silly question, but I m really confused.

Thank you very much, Michaela

19 Nov 2009      



alinasontu
Romania

Indeed, that "at the moment seems confusing. But I must agree with you... "at the moment" refers to a rather permanent thing so we use present simple. We would have used pres. cont. if the verb had referred to an action going on in the moment of speaking. So, there s no doubt about it... present simple rules! Good luck!

19 Nov 2009     



highfa
Tunisia

Yeah, I agree present simple rules, because the present continuous refers to an action that s happening right now

regards
Highfa

19 Nov 2009     



MJ_Misa
Czech Republic

Thanks a lot for your answers. Thumbs Up

19 Nov 2009     



gabitza
Romania

I see it the exact opposite !! ?! What I understand is that They work somewhere else and at the moment they are working in London - for a change - or for a determined period of time. I would use Pres.Cont.
The sentence may be wrong!
Hugs,
Gabitza
 

19 Nov 2009     



Kate (kkcat)
Russian Federation

We can use present continuous for temporary situations. "This week I am staying at my friend s place". At the moment indicates that probably they work at another place and it is temporary (maybe it is going to last for a week or for a month). So, I would use Present Continuous.

19 Nov 2009     



Vivi Quir
Argentina

definitely present continuous!

19 Nov 2009     



FroggyClaudine
France

I tend to agree with Gabitza. I d say that they work in general but at the moment (which is not all the time but the moment we say it) they are working in London.

19 Nov 2009     



Zora
Canada

Yup. I would also use the Present Continuous tense in the example. 

19 Nov 2009     



baiba
Latvia

I also vote for Present Continuous!

19 Nov 2009     



alichka
Uzbekistan

Present Continuous for sure!

19 Nov 2009     

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