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Verb forms in the examples.

PekkaA1Kwiziq community member

Verb forms in the examples.

Hi. Elsa eats and I buy.. Shouldn't you rather use the progressive form in the translations, Elsa is eating and I am buying, as the simple present  denotes habitual or repeated actions, as if Elsa were eating them every day and I buying new sheets daily ? 

Pekka J

Helsinki 

Asked 2 months ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

 Bonjour Pekka,

Thank you for your question.

Indeed, you could have both. It would depend on what you are trying to convey specifically.

‘être en train de’ + infinitive is used to express an action in the process.

Qu’est-ce que tu es en train de faire ? = What are you doing?

'Le Présent de L'Indicatif' is  used in a lot of different ways: to make a general statement and to describe an ongoing action ; to express a close future ; to express habitual action ; to describe a past action closely connected to the present ; to express historical fact ; to describe past events more dramatically ; to express an action in the process.

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée!

Verb forms in the examples.

Hi. Elsa eats and I buy.. Shouldn't you rather use the progressive form in the translations, Elsa is eating and I am buying, as the simple present  denotes habitual or repeated actions, as if Elsa were eating them every day and I buying new sheets daily ? 

Pekka J

Helsinki 

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