PRESENT CONTINUOUS

 

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PRESENT CONTINUOUS

Here is a lesson on how to form the present continuous tense

Verbs have different forms, called tenses. These tenses of a verb tell us when the action occurs. We use the present continuous tense to describe actions that are happening at this moment and in the future. The present continuous tense is also referred to as the present progressive tense.

We can form the present continuous tense this way:

am/is/are + verb + ing = present continuous tense

verb + ing = present participle

Here are some examples:

I am learning how to drive.

He is reading a book.

We use the present continuous tense in these situations:

Actions that are happening at this moment.

For example:

Justin is writing a song.

We are talking too loudly.

They are drawing pictures.

Actions that are happening about now or may be temporary:

She is staying in San Francisco.

We are working very hard these days.

In the future:

We are going camping next week.

I am starting guitar lessons soon.

We are watching the game this evening.

Additional examples:

Structure of present continuous
positivenegativequestion
I'm (I am) reading a book.
You're (you are) reading.
We're (we are) reading. 
They're (they are) reading.
I'm (I am) not reading.
You're (you are) not reading.
We're (we are) not reading.
They're (they are) not reading.
Am I reading?
Are you reading?
Are we reading?
Are they reading?
He's (he is) reading a book.
She's (she is) reading a book.
It's (it is) raining.
He's not / he isn't (he is not) reading.
She's not / she isn't (she is not) reading.
It's not / it isn't (it is not) raining.
Is he reading?
Is she reading?
Is it raining?

 

Present continuous - common mistakes
Common mistakesCorrect versionWhy?
They still waiting for you. They are still waiting for you. to form a continuous tense we use be + -ing
They are still waiting for you? Are they still waiting for you? In questions the subject (they) and the auxiliary verb (be) change places.
Do they still waiting for you? Are they still waiting for you?

Where they are waiting for you?

Where are they waiting for you?
She doesn't watching TV. She isn't watching TV. To form the negative we put notafter the verb be (am not, is not = isn't, are not = aren't).
I'm believing you. I believe you. Some verbs are not used in continuous tenses - these are called stative verbs (e.g.believe, come from, cost,

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