Lesson 5 – Movies – Present Continuous Vs. Present Simple




IN YOUR LANGUAGE (Top right > Select language > Click on the flags).





  • I am looking for…
  • We are waiting for…
  • To come in
  • Are you expecting…?
  • I am ordering…
  • To order
  • To arrive
  • To come back later
  • To continue
  • To look
  • I won’t take 5 minutes.
  • Can you recommend…?
  • a film director
  • To return
  • To recommend
  • To hear
  • Very good
  • Girlfriend
  • I’ll continue to look.
  • I like watching…
  • To confirm
  • Do you know..?
  • I hear that…
  • Which one of these…?
  • Fantastic
  • To read
  • the synopsis
  • I am certain…
  • a shop assistant
  • Something new
  • I’ll take it.
  • The film that you asked for is coming.




– Movies –



Learn English – Lesson 5 –  Movies

Sam: Hi! I am looking for the new film by Wes Romero.

Shop Assistant: We are waiting for the new one to come in.

Sam: Are you expecting it soon?

Shop Assistant: Yes, I am ordering some films now, I can ask when it will arrive.

Sam: Great! Do you want me to come back later?

Shop Assistant: It won’t take 5 minutes. You can wait or return later.

Sam: I’ll continue to look for a film. I like watching horror films. Can you recommend one?

Shop Assistant: Do you know the film director, Stephen Barker?

Sam: I hear that he is very good.

Shop Assistant: I can confirm he is very good.

Sam: Thank you. I am looking for something new.

(5 minutes later….)

Sam: Hi. Which one of these films do you recommend?

Shop Assistant: I watch anything but my girlfriend likes that one, The Dead Shine.

Sam: Reading the synopsis, it sounds better. Okay I’ll take it!

Shop Assistant: Great! Oh, the film that you asked for is coming. I am certain it will arrive in 2 days time.

Sam: Fantastic! Thank you!




Interactive Video Comprehension Quiz 1


Summary Statements Comprehension Quiz 2


Drag and Drop Quiz 3: 





As we discussed in Session 3, the present Simple or simple present is used to express a permanent situation that takes place once, never or several times, to state facts or general truths and to talk about future plans.

When constructing a sentence using present simple it is important to understand the use of –(e)s when involving the personal pronouns (he, she and it), That is, the third person singular. Let’s look at some present simple sentences:


Present Simple


To Work

I work
You work
He works
She works
It works
We work
You work
They work


To Feel

I feel
You feel
He feels
She feels
It feels
We feel
You feel
They feel


Should the verb end in –s, -sh or –ch, we add –es to the end:


To Finish

I finish
You finish
He finishes
She finishes
It finishes
We finish
You finish
They finish


To Go

I go
You go
He goes
She goes
It goes
We go
You go
They go


To Do

I do
You do
He does
She does
It does
We do
You do
They do


When a verb ends in –y, the –y is replaced by –ies.


To Study

I study
You study
He studies
She studies
It studies
We study
You study
They study


Present Continuous


As discussed in Session 2, we use Present Continuous when we want to talk about temporary actions and situations that are going on now or  ́around now ́ and for actions that are in development or that are arranged for the near future:

Let’s look at the difference between the present simple and the present continuous forms using the constructed sentences we have already looked at:


To Work

I am working
You are working
He is working
She is working
It is working
We are working
You are working
They are working


To Feel

I am feeling
You are feeling
He is feeling
She is feeling
It is feeling
We are feeling
You are feeling
They are feeling


To Finish

I am finishing
You are finishing
He is finishing
She is finishing
It is finishing
We are finishing
You are finishing
They are finishing


To Go

I am going
You are going
He is going
She is going
It is going
We are going
You are going
They are going


To Do

I am doing
You are doing
He is doing
She is doing
It is doing
We are doing
You are doing
They are doing


To Study

I am studying
You are studying
He is studying
She is studying
It is studying
We are studying
You are studying
They are studying


Stative Verbs

There are some verbs, which we call stative verbs, that are not used in continuous tenses These verbs often describe states that last for some time. Here is a list of some common ones:

Like Love Hate Want Need
Know Mean Belong Seem Agree
Need Own Taste See Deny
Hear Sound Disagree Wish Dislike
Appear Promise Concern Suppose Realise



They often see a film on Saturday night.


They often are seeing a film on Saturday night.

What do you think about the new film?


What are you thinking about the new film?

This popcorn tastes funny.


This popcorn is tasting funny.









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