Englisch/Grammatik/Tenses/Present Progressive/Kontrastierung

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Die konsequente Verwendung der Zeiten wird dadurch erschwert, dass es die Verlaufsform (Present Progressive) im Deutschen so nicht gibt.

Deshalb muss klar analysiert werden, ob Handlungen und Tätigkeiten regelmäßig stattfinden (oft durch adverbs of Frequency angezeigt) oder ob betont werden soll, dass etwas gerade oder nur vorübergehend geschieht (Signalwörter: Look! Listen! just, now …).

Infografik: Kontrastierung Present Simple vs. Present Progressive


Be Careful!

Remember? Use the Present Progressive for actions which happen now and the Present Simple for regular actions.


Interaktive Übungen

A day with David

Every day David gets up at 7 o'clock.

It is 7 o'clock. David is getting up now.

David always goes to school at 8 o'clock. It is 8 o'clock now. David is going to school.

Before he goes to school, he always puts on his school uniform. He is putting it on now.

It is 3 o'clock now. He is coming home from school.

He usually comes home at 3.15.


In the afternoon

Write in the correct forms - present simple or present progressive.


Every afternoon he does (do) his homework. It is 4 o'clock. He is doing (do) it now.

In the afternoon the children often play (play) football. He is playing (play) it just now.

Then the Millers usually have (have) dinner. Today they are having (have) Chinese food.

It is 7 o'clock now and David is watching (watch) TV. He watches (watch) TV every evening.

Every evening David cleans (clean) his teeth. After that he always goes (go) to bed.

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On the beach

Look, the family is playing (play) with the ball. They come (come) to the beach very often.

Listen! Becky is listening (listen) to the radio. Her favourite radio station always plays (play) good music. Simon usually reads (read) a book on the beach. He is doing (do) that at the moment.

In the background a man is now diving (now, dive) into the sea. Ben who is lying (lie) on his surfboard shouts (shout): "What are you doing(you, do)? I'm falling into the water!"

Three teenagers are playing (play) beach volleyball. They practive (practice) two times a week.

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