the present

the present
For the formation of present tenses, see entry at ↑ Tenses.
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talking about the present
The simple present tense is usually used for talking about long-term situations that exist at the present time, regular or habitual actions currently taking place, and general truths.

My dad works in Saudi Arabia.

I get up early and eat my breakfast in bed.

Water boils at 100 degrees centigrade.

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The present continuous tense is used to talk about something which is regarded as temporary or something which is happening at the present moment.

I'm working as a British Council officer.

Wait a moment. I'm listening to the news.

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There are a number of verbs which are not used in the present continuous tense, even when talking about the present moment. See entry at ↑ Continuous tenses.
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Note that present tenses are sometimes used to talk about future events. See entry at ↑ The Future.
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For the use of present perfect tenses, see entry at ↑ The Past.
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