Welcome to
ESL Printables, the website where English Language teachers exchange resources: worksheets, lesson plans,  activities, etc.
Our collection is growing every day with the help of many teachers. If you want to download you have to send your own contributions.

 


 

 

 

ESL Forum:

Techniques and methods in Language Teaching

Games, activities and teaching ideas

Grammar and Linguistics

Teaching material

Concerning worksheets

Concerning powerpoints

Concerning online exercises

Make suggestions, report errors

Ask for help

Message board

 

ESL forum > Ask for help > Which one is correct?    

Which one is correct?



lilufes
Indonesia

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      



yanogator
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.
 
Bruce 

27 Jul 2019     



lilufes
Indonesia

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

27 Jul 2019