Present tense or present continuous tense


In this sentence,


"If people are living longer, they will have to work longer too."


Why the writer use "present continuous tense" instead of "present tense" in the first part, i.e. why not "If people live longer, they will have to work longer too."

asked Oct 04 '11 at 04:53 CF LOK New member

2 answers


The continuous is used in cases where we see a trend or change in habits.

Eg: " People are buying more organic produce...people are watching less tv and downloading movies instead."

link answered Oct 05 '11 at 08:31 Mark Heyne Expert

Thank you very much! CF LOKOct 05 '11 at 13:13

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It's a personal choice. Both are acceptable.

link comment answered Oct 04 '11 at 16:59 Siân Harris Expert

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