Using Le Présent for ongoing actions where English uses Present Continuous

Look at these sentences:

Je mange un gâteau délicieux.I'm eating a delicious cake.

C'est toujours quand je prends une douche que le téléphone sonne!It's always when I'm having a shower that the phone rings.

In French, you use Présent indicatif to describe actions that are ongoing in the present, whereas in English we would use the Present Continuous tense for these actions (as opposed to the Present Tense). 

Attention:

There is no equivalent of the Present Continuous tense in French, so for example, you can never translate I am working with Je suis travaillant. You use je travaille

 

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Examples and resources

Marie travaille à Paris maintenantMarie is working in Paris now.
Je lis un livreI read a book / I am reading a book
C'est toujours quand je prends une douche que le téléphone sonne!It's always when I'm having a shower that the phone rings.
Je mange un gâteau délicieux.I'm eating a delicious cake.
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