We often ask about usual things with the present simple. We can use the present continuous to talk about things in progress at this moment or around this time.
|Present Simple||Present Continuous|
|What kind of books do you usually read?||What are you reading at the moment?|
|What type of TV series do you like?||What series are you watching at the moment?|
|What type of books do you like?||Are you reading anything at the moment?|
|Do you enjoy studying?||What are you studying these days?|
|What type of clothes do you usually wear?||What are you wearing right now?|
|What type of music do you usually listen to?||What are you listening to at the moment?|
Ask and answer these questions with a partner or in groups. All of these questions can be answered with the present simple. Try to use adverbs of frequency and expressions of frequency where appropriate.
Some verbs, like want, need, believe or know are described as “non-action verbs” or “stative verbs” because they don’t describe actions, they describe states. We generally avoid these verbs in the continuous tenses and leave them in the simple tense.
All of these questions can be answered with the present continuous tense and all refer to things in progress at the moment. Ask and answer these questions with a partner or in groups. There are examples to help you start each answer.
We can use the present continuous to talk about plans for the future. Use these example questions to start a conversation.