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You can express what you mean by using the correct tense of the verb.
If you want to say this: you use this tense:

something is busy, it is happening


present continuous

He is sitting on a chair. She is reading the newspaper. They are listening to the radio.

it is not busy, not happening, but happens more often


simple present

She has tea every morning. She usually speaks French. He goes to school by bus.

it is finished, it is over


simple past

When he lived in Dover, he worked as a butcher. He moved to Leeds in 1999.

it is not finished, not over


present perfect

We have lived here since 2006. She has been my friend for 10 years.