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Simple present vs. present perfect progressive #1 (permalink) Thu Mar 30, 2006 12:25 pm   Simple present vs. present perfect progressive
 

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ESL/EFL Test #117 "Past Tenses", question 5

She wonders why I never ......... abroad by plane.

(a) travel
(b) have been travelling
(c) has travelled
(d) will have travelled

English Language Proficiency Tests, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #117 "Past Tenses", answer 5

She wonders why I never travel abroad by plane.

Correct answer: (a) travel

Your answer was: incorrect
She wonders why I never have been travelling abroad by plane.
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why we put travel not have been travelling?

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Simple present vs. present perfect progressive #2 (permalink) Thu Mar 30, 2006 13:59 pm   Simple present vs. present perfect progressive
 

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Simple present (never travel) is used for timeless facts. In this case, never would also be misplaced: it would normally appear after the first unit of the verb phrase (have never been travelling).
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Never travel #3 (permalink) Thu Mar 30, 2006 14:07 pm   Never travel
 

Hi marwa hassan,

In this sentence the speaker wants to know why I don't usually travel abroad by plane and for a situation like that you need the Present Simple and not the Present Perfect Continuous/Progressive.

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Or don't travel?.. #4 (permalink) Wed Nov 14, 2012 6:54 am   Or don't travel?..
 

Hi Teachers,

What if I use the She wonders why I don't travel abroad by plane. ?

Is it correct? It also shows the usual way of travelling, I think. So, is there any difference in the shade of meaning between the sentences with never and don't ?

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Simple present vs. present perfect progressive #5 (permalink) Wed Nov 14, 2012 10:51 am   Simple present vs. present perfect progressive
 

The difference is that 'never' makes the fact of 'not travelling' stronger and suggests 'not even once'. The simple present negative simply refers to the 'usualness' of not travelling.
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