"Ich trinke Wasser" vs. "Wir trinken Wasser"

Why "Ich trinke Wasser" translates into I am drinking water (present continuous) and "Wir trinken Wasser" translates into We drink water (present simple)?

I'm confused shouldn't be both present simple?


September 5, 2019


German has no present continous, so in German simple present is used in cases where you would use present continuous or simple present in English. Because of this, German present can usually be translated into either tense in English (unless one of the tenses just really doesn't make sense).

September 5, 2019

They both also translate to:

I drink water.

We are drinking water.

There isn't a present continuous form in German, so both present simple and present continuous are interchangeable translations.

September 5, 2019

Present Continous = Simple Present Tense in German

September 5, 2019

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September 7, 2019
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