Let’s quickly learn the difference between Present Simple and Present Continuous & never make this error again!




1. If you usually order a cheese pizza every weekends, you say:

“I usually order a cheese pizza on the weekends”

Because this is a habit or a routine. And we use the Present Simple to talk about habits, routines & regular acivities


2. But If you’ve stopped eating pizza because you are on a diet for a few days (because you want to look thinner and fresher for a wedding event!), you say:

“I’m eating healthy these days”

Because eating healthy is temporary different from the normal routine of eating pizzas!

And we use the Present Continuous to talk about such situations.


3. If the local store near your house sells organic vegetables, you say:

“My local corner shop sells organic vegetables, it’s awesome!”

because you’re stating a fact. And we use the Present Simple to talk about facts


4. If you’re cooking a delicious pasta with the fresh produce you just got from the store, you say:

“I’m cooking fettuccini pasta with organic tomatoes & peppers”

Because this activity is in progress now. And we use the Present Continuous to talk about activities in progress now.


Here's a quick summary:

Present Simple to talk about:

  • habit or a routine
  • facts

Present Continuous to talk about:

  • temporary different from the normal routine
  • activity is in progress now or these days

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