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Which one is correct?


Which one is correct?
Hi everyone, kindly tell me which one is the correct statement: 1. A: My shirts smell bad. B: Then why do you smell them? 2. A: My shirts smell bad. B: Then why are you smelling them? Thank you very much for all your help.

27 Jul 2019      

United States

Both are correct, but the second one is the better choice. As you know, the simple present (your first option) is for repeated or on-going action, so it implies that person A smells the shirts regularly. The present continuous (your second option) is for something that is happening now, so it is a one-time event (probably). That makes it a better joke.

27 Jul 2019     


Thank you very much for your detailed and easy-to-understand answer.  

27 Jul 2019