Present Simple vs Continuous: He tells/is telling us...

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A: Who do you get on best with in your family?
B: My father. He (1) tells / (2) is telling us endless funny stories.

In my opinion the first option fits best in this context, however the suggested answer (in the key) is in continuous form.

What option would you choose in your natural everyday speech?
  • George French

    Senior Member
    English - UK
    I can only make the following comment. My eyes must be getting very bad.

    The important point is that he often tells stories to you. That is a habit so the present tense should be used.
    If you are sitting there and he is reading to you then one uses the ing form, the present continous.

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