The light, the heating <isn't working / doesn't work>


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I wonder what is more appropriate:

Or can we use both with a difference in meaning?

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Two more examples I struggle with:

"The heating isn't working."/ "The heating doesn't work."
"The light isn't working." / "The light doesn't work."

Thank you.

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  • wandle

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    English - British
    The difference is the usual one: it is a difference of emphasis.
    The continuous present emphasises the continuing nature of the situation; the simple present emphasises the fact.

    It is difficult with your examples to find a context which would show up the difference.
    The reason for that is that they are describing a state of affairs, not an event.

    Thus in these examples, both forms of the verb express a continuing situation.
    That is a logical consequence of the factual content of the sentences, independent of the verb form chosen.
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