Verbs in Present Continuous Tense
The present continuous is used to talk about present situations which we see as short-term or temporary. We use the present simple to talk about present situations which we see as long-term or permanent.
In these examples, the action is taking place at the time of speaking.
  • It's raining.
  • I'm not looking. My eyes are closed tightly.
In these examples, the action is true at the present time but we don't think it will be true in the long term.
  • I'm looking for a new apartment.
  • He's thinking about leaving his job.
In these examples, the action is at a definite point in the future and it has already been arranged.
  • I'm meeting her at 6.30.
  • They aren't arriving until Tuesday.
 

Summary

The present continuous is used to talk about present situations which we see as short-term or temporary. We use the present simple to talk about present situations which we see as long-term or permanent.
In these examples, the action is taking place at the time of speaking.
  • It's raining.
  • I'm not looking. My eyes are closed tightly.
In these examples, the action is true at the present time but we don't think it will be true in the long term.
  • I'm looking for a new apartment.
  • He's thinking about leaving his job.
In these examples, the action is at a definite point in the future and it has already been arranged.
  • I'm meeting her at 6.30.
  • They aren't arriving until Tuesday.
 
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