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"~ている" is not limited just to actions which are continuing at that moment. It is also used for habitual actions, and trends in behaviour.

  • 私はフェラーリに乗っています。

I drive a Ferrari.

  • 最近は毎日4マイル走っています。

Recently I've been running four miles a day.

  • 田中さんが持っているスーツケースはゼロ・ハリバートンですよ。

Tanaka-san's suitcase is a Zerohalliburton, you know.

  • あの店ではポイントカードを配っています。

That shop gives Reward Cards.

  • 自宅から電車の駅までは自転車を使っています。

I ride my bicycle from my house to the train station.

  • 太ってきたので最近は肉を食べずに野菜を食べています。

I've put on weight, so lately I've been eating vegetables rather than meat.

  • 昨年まで週に2時間日本語を勉強していましたが、今年からは週に10時間日本語を勉強しています。

I studied Japanese 2 hour a week last year, but this year I've been studying 10 hours a week.

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