Present simple vs present continuous photoset

This is a photoset which you can use to illustrate the difference between present simple and present continuous.

Each photo shows someone with a clearly identifiable job who is doing something that the job usually doesn’t entail.

First, ask the students, what does he/she do? to elicit their job title. Then ask them to expand on what their job duties are. For example:

She’s a nurse

She gives people medicine

She helps people who are sick


Now ask the students, what is she doing?

The answers should be something like:

She is holding a tray of fruit

She is smiling

Now you can ask questions like:

Is she giving someone medicine?

Does she help people who are sick?

Is she talking to a patient?

Does she talk to patients?


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