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Both present continuous and simple present tenses can be used to describe an action that is unfinished.

Present continuous tense follows the format: subject + linking verb + -ing form of the verb, such as: I/We/You/He/She/It/They + linking verb + -ing form of the verb

Simple present tense follows the format: subject + linking verb + present form of the verb. like: I/We/You/He/She/It/They + linking verb + present form of the verb 

Present continuous tense can be used:

1) for actions that have already been set, for example: I am leaving for Canda next month.

2) for actions right before you begin doing them, for instance: I am exhausted. I am going to rest first.

3) for personal arrangements, such as: What time are you getting together with the folks?

Simple present tense can also be used for schedules, for example: The bus leaves at 8:15 am tomorrow.

 

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