Exercise – difference between Present simple and Present Continuous

The Present simple is for more permanent situations and the Continuous is for temporary situations.

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Present Continuous or Present Simple?

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Question 1
Julia: Excuse me, ...................... English? Mike: Yes, I'm English. Can I help you? Julia: That's great. Yes, can you tell me .........
A
are you speaking English?
B
do you speak English?
Question 1 Explanation: 
We are interested to know if the person knows how to speak English. For this we use the Present Simple
Question 2
I .............. every day from 8 o'clock to 5 o'clock
A
am working
B
work
Question 2 Explanation: 
"every day" is a normal situation so we use the Present simple.
Question 3
My office is in Manchester but this week I ............................... in London.
A
am working
B
work
Question 3 Explanation: 
"this week" is a temporary situation so we use the Present continuous.
Question 4
Just a moment John! I ............................. a shower . I'll help you when I finish.
A
I'm having
B
I have
Question 4 Explanation: 
This is the dynamic sense of the verb "have", so we can use it in the Present continuous
Question 5
I .............. two sisters and a brother.
A
have
B
am having
Question 5 Explanation: 
This is the possessive sense of the verb "have". In this sense it is a non-continuous verb
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