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Hello Teachers

I have a question. The question is: why "I am now studying English in school" is more natural than "I study now English in school" ?

This question came originally from a Japanese guy (probably an English teacher) whom I had an online talk with on the usage of the verb "study". I told him that sentences like "I study English everyday" or "Most of the Japanese kids study English in school" are natural, but "I study now English in school" is not. And I added we have to say rather "I am now studying English in school". Then he asked me the question above.

I believe this question is of beginner's levels, but I myself could not find a persuasive answer to it. What I told him as the reason was only that English speakers take a personal activity of studying a language as a short-term event that will eventually ends, and it is a rule of English that they use a present progressive construct rather than a simple present construct for such short-term events. But he seems not to have got satisfied with this answer. So could you give me any better answer?

paco
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you can give him this explanation: present progressive is used for actions that happen at the moment of speaking, now or right now as well as for present plans for the future. While, the present simple is used to express habit.
your answer is good because you use the present continuous to talk about something that is not permanent. It is like " I am learning to play the piano" because at some time in the future I will be able to play the piano and will not need lessons.
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that was a nice conversation between peco and temico Emotion: smile
hi I growed up in China. and my teach said, Generally, "now" refers a very short of time. we call it point of time. so if you refer such, of course you have to use "be doing"

While, if talking about study every day, or for a period, and it is still happening, we call it a length of time, then no "doing". must use do or does.

I think most confusing thing is Now may not refer a point of time sometimes.
Hi I grew up in China. and my teacher said, Generally, "now" refers to a very short length of time. We call it a point in time. So if you refer to such, of course you have to use "be doing"

Yes, "now" can mean a point in time (eg. I am writing now.)
It can also mean "present time" in contrast to "past time." (eg. Two days ago I didn't know anything about snow, and now I do.)
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