Basic English: The Present Temporary Tense 

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The Present Temporary Tense


I am writing. 

This is used to describe actions taking place at the present moment, which we regard as temporary.

[that is, only continued for a time.]


The sun is rising.

Compare the following:

(i) The sun rises in the East. [habitually]

    The sun is rising in the East. [at this moment, and soon its rising will be over]

(ii) Monica plays badminton well. [habitually]

     Monica is playing well now. 

     [at this moment she is playing well, perhaps she will play badly soon]


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