‘To be or not to be, that is the question’ said the Bard. However, to my mind, the real question is ‘to be having or not to be having’. Confused? Well, I was only referring to the ‘present continuous’ fetish that so many around us seem to have.
Statements like ‘I am having 10 years of experience’ or ‘I am having fever’ (and by the way, it is ‘a fever’ and not just ‘fever’) seem to be pretty right to some people. Obviously, they aren’t and ergo this article.
To make it simple, here are the specific cases when the Present Continuous is generally used:
1. to talk about something that is happening at the moment of speaking. E.g. The baby is playing in the garden.
2. to talk about something we feel is temporary. E.g. I am working in Infosys.
3. to talk about something that happens recurrently. E.g. She is always smiling.
4. to talk about something that is changing. E.g. Your English is improving.
5. to talk about something that happens before and after a certain time. E.g. At nine o’clock I am usually driving to office.
6. to talk about something that is new. E.g. These days most people are watching movies on their mobile devices instead of going to movie halls.
7. And surprisingly, we can also use the Present Continuous to talk about the future. E.g. I am taking a course in pottery next summer.
Using the Simple Present Tense works just well in most cases. Keep it simple, keep it correct 🙂