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Aretha Franklin: (Present simple Vs Continuous)

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This is a great song to start the day with, and also clearly demonstrates the difference between the use of the present simple and the present continuous tenses. (It's also good for showing the use of 'will' for promises.)

Check the lyrics: she habitually 'says a little prayer' throughout her daily routine, (which is all present simple) but she also demonstrates the use of the present continuous with some nice 'while -ing' clauses in the first clause. Almost too good to be true I hope you'll agree. I hate boring lessons where I speak loads, Aretha has a much better voice than me...


I Say a Little Prayer - Aretha Franklin
(written by Burt Bacharach, no wonder it's so darn good!)

The moment I wake up
Before I put on my make-up
I say a little prayer for you
While combing my hair, now,
And wondering what dress to wear now,
I say a little prayer for you

(Chorus)
Forever (forever), forever (ever), you'll stay in my heart and I will love you
Forever, and ever, we never will part
Oh, how I'll love you
Together (together), together (together), that's how it must be
To live without you would only be heartbreak for me.

I run for the bus, dear,
But while running I think of us, dear,
I say a little prayer for you.
At work I just take time
And all through my coffee break-time,
I say a little prayer for you.

(Chorus)
Nobody but me!

(Chorus)

My darling believe me,
For me there is no-one but you
Please love me true
Iím in love with you (answer my prayer)
Answer my prayer (answer my prayer)
Answer my prayer babe (answer my prayer)
Say you love me too (answer my prayer)
Answer my prayer (answer my prayer)

AndÖ.
Forever, forever, you'll stay in my heart etc.


PS: It goes on a bit here, let them listen and love!

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