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Hello everybody,

I would like you to know whether it is correct to use either the present continious tense or the simple present tense in the following sentences and if so which option would be more appropriate :

1. We're eating / eat in the kitchen for the time being.

and would it affect the choice between the two tenses if I changed the adverb phrase in the sentence:

2. We're eating / eat in the kitchen during this winter.

Thank you for your help
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These are correct:

1. We're eating in the kitchen for the time being.

2. We're eating in the kitchen during this winter.
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You have adverbs that identify bounded periods of time. These would normally contradict the simple present, which is almost timeless, so you have to use the continuous aspect.
We [always / usually / frequently / often / sometimes / ... eat in the kitchen.
But not:

*We eat in the kitchen [these days / this week / this winter / for now / for the time being / temporarily].
(Even the position of the adverb in the sentence changes.)
CJ
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Thank you Mr.Micawber .
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