Bedanya Simple Present dan Present Continuous Tense

Apa bedanya simple present dan present continuous? Untuk mengetahui bedanya, perhatikan gambar dan paragraf pendek di bawah ini. Perhatikan juga kata-kata yang bercetak miring.

in the kitchen
It's 7:30 A.M., and the Wilsons are in their kitchen. Mrs. Wilson is sitting at the breakfast table. She is reading a newspaper. She reads the newspaper every morning. Mr Wilson is pouring a cup of coffee. He drinks two cups of coffee every morning before he goes to work. There is a cartoon on TV, but the children aren't watching it. They are playing with their toys instead. They usually watch cartoons in the morning, but this morning they aren't paying any attention to the TV. Mr. and Mrs. Wilson aren't watching the TV either. They often watch the news in the evening, but they don't watch cartoons.

Kesimpulan yang kita peroleh dari paragraf di atas adalah sebagai berikut:
Simple Present
  • Berfungsi menyampaikan kegiatan rutin. Contoh kalimat dalam paragraf di atas: She reads the newspaper every morning.
  • Mempunyai pola Subject + Verb 1 (s/es).
Present Continuous
  • Berfungsi menyampaikan kegiatan yang dilakukan sekarang. Dalam paragraf di atas, kalimat present continuous tense disesuaikan dengan konteks gambar.  Contoh kalimat present continuous dalam paragraf di atas: She is reading a newspaper.
  • Mempunyai pola Subject + to be (is/am/are) + Verb + ing.
Referensi: Fundamentals of English Grammar - Betty Schrampfer Azar.

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