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Dear everybody

I would like to ask about present simple and present continuous and simple past.

The conversation like this, which i saw from the movie

A: Hurry up, The shop is closing soon.

B: What is the shop you speak of?

I don't understand why they use present simple here (speak of).

I have confusion that I can use present continues or simple past instead.

1.What is the shop you speak of? (simple present)

2.What is the shop you are speaking of? (simple present continuous)

3.What was the shop you just speak of? (simple past)

Which is the most correct tense in these 3 sentences?

Many thanks in advance.

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This is a similar answer to your question about "mean". When commenting on something said a few seconds ago it is usual to use the present tense, so here "What is the shop you speak of?" would be the usual tense, although this use of "speak of" is not common in ordinary modern conversation and sounds a bit like something out of an old book.

"What is the shop you are speaking of?" is possible, but not very likely in reference to a short comment such as "Hurry up. The shop is closing soon." It would be more fitting if someone was telling a long story, for example.

LE HANH 2383What was the shop you just spoke of?

This would be used if there has been a short delay (short because of "just") since the other person talked about the shop (again with the abovementioned proviso about this use of "speak/spoke of").

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Just verbal way to speak. Loose, lingo. Like young people or black people speak. Being grammatical correct is not important verbally.

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Dear GPY

Thanks so much for your explanation

By the way, in the context of a short delay, we can also say "What is the shop you just spoke of?", and in fact this tense may be more usual.

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Dear GPY

Both "What was the shop you just spoke of?" and ""What is the shop you just spoke of?"" can be used be this sistuation?

LE HANH 2383Both "What was the shop you just spoke of?" and ""What is the shop you just spoke of?"" can be used be this sistuation?

Yes. We can use "is" when the shop is still perceived to be "current", e.g. the current topic and/or currently in existence.

(Though remember again what I said about use of "spoke of". In reality, in normal modern English, we would usually say it another way, such as "What is/was that shop you just mentioned?" or "What is/was that shop you were just talking about?")