Using the correct tense and verb form is important in English grammar. Which tense you use depends on how you see the event or action. Here are some simple rules to help you choose which tense to use:
1. Routine or permanent situation – use the simple form.
• I live in Jakarta.
(It tells you that “live” is true all the time and Jakarta is my home.)
• I lived in the village when I was a child.
(This was a long-term situation in the past.)
2. Temporary or continuing situations – use the continuous form.
• I’m working as a delivery man at the moment.
(The job isn’t permanent and maybe I’m doing it for a while until I get another job.)
• House prices are rising.
(The prices are continuing to rise and haven’t stopped rising yet.)
• He was watching the news on…
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