Present Simple vs. Present Progressive

Grammatik-Tipps Present Simple vs. Present Progressive

Grammar Tips: Present Simple vs. Present Progressive

Write a postcard telling about what you’re doing at camp!

Present Simple

Use present simple to describe activities you do regularly, with keywords like:

  • in the morning
  • in the afternoon
  • in the evening
  • every day
  • always
  • usually

Examples Present Simple:

Every morning we have breakfast together in the cafeteria.  After lunch, we always do a fun activity outside in the sun!

Present Progressive

Use present progressive to describe activities that are temporary, or are happening in the moment; you can also use present progressive to describe what’s happening in a picture. Keywords for present progressive are:

  • now
  • right now
  • at the moment
  • today
  • in this picture
  • still

Examples Present Progressive:

The sun is shining today, so I am writing you from a table by the lake!
In this picture, am playing volleyball with my friends in the sand!

Put them together and write a postcard to your friends or family!

Here is an example:


Dear Mom and Dad,

I’m having so much fun at camp! I speak English all day, and do a lot of other fun activities with my new friends! In the morning, we have breakfast together in the cafeteria. After breakfast, we always do fun activities. I usually play beach volleyball or football in the afternoon. Here is a picture of me at camp. In this picture, I’m playing volleyball with my friends. Well, I’ve got to go. My friends are calling me to go slacklining!

Talk to you soon!


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