when a person is talking / talks on the phone

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sunnyweather

Senior Member
Polish
Would you use Present Simple or Present Continuous in the following sentence. I'd use the latter. Am I right?

It is not elegant or polite when a person on the train, bus, in the library or restaurant talks / is talking loudly on the phone.
 
  • DonnyB

    Sixties Mod
    English UK Southern Standard English
    We tend to prefer the simple present "talks" when referring to this practice in general, but the present continuous would work as well in that sentence.

    However, a much neater way of saying it, in my view, would be:
    "It is not elegant or polite for a person on the train, bus, in the library or restaurant to talk loudly on the phone". :)
     
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