Look at these sentences:
Je mange un gâteau délicieux.I'm eating a delicious cake.
C'est toujours quand je prends une douche que le téléphone sonne!It's always when I'm having a shower that the phone rings.
In French, you use Présent indicatif
to describe actions that are ongoing in the present
whereas in English we would use the Present Continuous
tense for these actions (as opposed to the Present Tense).
There is no equivalent of the Present Continuous tense in French, so for example, you can never translate I am working with Je suis travaillant. You use je travaille.
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