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Simple Present and Present Continuous Tenses

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Simple Present and Present Continuous Tenses

is (are) + verb-ing

1. Use the simple present tense to talk about things that happen regularly or habitually.
a. I usually get up before 7 a.m.
b. He doesn't like to go to bed early.
c. Do you usually feel energetic in the morning?
2. You can also use the simple present to talk about things that are generally true - scientific facts, for example.
a. A person's body temperatura varies during the day.
b. Blood pressure rises by as much as 20 percent over a twenty-four hour period.
3. Use the present continuous tense to describe something that is happening now or temporarily.
a. Nate is still sleeping so we can't leave yet.
b. Research is now providing new information about body rhythms.
c. I'm not taking a course this semester.
Practice: Fill in the blanks with the correct form of the verbs.
1. The peak time of alertness for most people (be) the late morning. Creative people usually (do) their best work at this time of day. This (be) also the best time of day to do math problems or to write difficult letters.
2. The senses - sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch - (be) at their best in the late afternoon and early evening. Is this why many people (like) good food and candlelight at the end of the day?
3. A person (do) best in sports in the late afternoon and early evening. Physical coordination (be) at a apeak at this time of day. Swimmers and runners (perform) better in the evening tan in the morning.
4. Think about what you (do) right now. If you (type) or doing something else with your hands, are you doing a good job? If you (make) a lot of mistakes, you should probably stop and rest for a while.