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Ivan Fadeev
Posted: Wednesday, January 13, 2021 3:37:01 PM

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If a person is commenting on the phone what they are doing while speaking which tense should be used?

1 I am going up stairs. I am heading to your room. I am opening the door. I am looking for the keys.
or
2 I go upstairs. I head to your room. Etc.
Hope123
Posted: Wednesday, January 13, 2021 3:42:29 PM

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Ivan Fadeev wrote:
If a person is commenting on the phone what they are doing while speaking which tense should be used?

1 I am going up stairs. I am heading to your room. I am opening the door. I am looking for the keys.
or
2 I go upstairs. I head to your room. Etc.


Which tense did you use in your question?
Ivan Fadeev
Posted: Wednesday, January 13, 2021 4:05:44 PM

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Present continuous or present simple.
FounDit
Posted: Wednesday, January 13, 2021 7:37:16 PM

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Ivan Fadeev wrote:
If a person is commenting on the phone what they are doing while speaking which tense should be used?

1 I am going up stairs. I am heading to your room. I am opening the door. I am looking for the keys.
or
2 I go upstairs. I head to your room. Etc.


The first one.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, January 13, 2021 10:21:47 PM

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In your question, you used "is commenting", "are doing".

You didn't use the present simple in your question - there is no reason to think the person on the phone would use the present simple, either.
Ivan Fadeev
Posted: Friday, January 15, 2021 12:37:19 AM

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At the same time commentators comment on sport games using the present simple. So, maybe it's also possible?
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