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Introduction to grammar: aspect

Continuous/progressive aspect

1. Look at the two conversations and then answer the questions.

1 Present simple

Q1: What do you do?

A1: I work for a software company.


2. Present continuous

Q2: What are you doing?

A2: I'm looking for something to eat.


a. Which converstion (1 or 2) uses the stem (base form) of the main verb in both the question and the answer?

b. Which conversation uses the verb 'be' as an auxiliary , plus the present participle of the main verb?

c. Which of the conversations is concerned with something happening at the moment?

d. Which conversation is concerned with a fact about one of the speakers, rather than when someting happened?.