Revise the present continuous (lessons 7, 8 and 9) and the present simple (lessons 11, 12 and 13).
! "What do you do?" = What is your job? vs. "What are you doing?" = What are you actually doing right now?
Q - What do you do?
A - I'm a teacher.
Q - What are you doing?
A - I'm teaching.
The Present Simple vs. Present Continuous - when do we use them?
|Things that are always true.||Regular and repeated actions (always, often, sometimes, never).||General facts about our lives.||Something that is happening now.||Temporary situations.||To describe change, development, progress.|
|"Water boils at 100 degrees."||"I always boil the kettle before I make the tea."||-||"The kettle isn't boiling."||-||
"Is the kettle boiling yet?"
|"English is a popular language in business."||"I always speak English in my lessons."||"I like English."||"I am in my lesson, so I'm speaking English."||"I am studying English for a year at University."||
"My English is improving."
|"It never snows in Germany in the summer."||"It often snows in the winter."||"I enjoy snow."||"It isn't snowing, the sun is shining.||-||-|
Let's ask Mr Bean a few questions again.
|Q- "What does Mr Bean do?"
A- "He's a teacher."
Q- "Is he sitting?"
A- "No, he isn't sitting, he's standing.
|Q- "What does he teach?"
A- "He teaches English."
Q- "What is he doing?"
A- "He's holding a flag."
|Q- "Where does he work?"
A- "He works at a language school in London."
Q- "Is he working there today?"
A- "No, he isn't working there today, it's shut."
|Q- "What is he doing today?.
A- "He's driving to Nottingham."
Q- "Does he often drive to Nottingham."
A- "No, he usually takes the train."
Thanks for the correction Dar!
For practice, tell us what you always, often, never do and what you are doing at the moment.
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