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    English The Present Continuous

    Beginner English - Level A1

    Overview

    Learn how to form the present continuous (aka present progressive), and when to use it.

    Vocabulary

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    English A1

    The present continuous signifies something that is happening right now.
    To form the present continuous, we use the personal pronoun (I, You, He/She/It, We, You, They) with the appropriate form of “to be” plus the verb+ing.

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    Positive Examples

    • I am working.
    • You are sleeping.
    • She is going to work.
    • He is doing well.
    • We are eating dinner.
    • They are making dinner.

    Negative Examples

    • I am not working.
    • You are not sleeping.
    • She is not going to work.
    • He is not doing well.
    • We are not eating dinner.
    • They are not making dinner.

    Contraction Examples

    • I’m working. – I’m not working
    • You’re not sleeping– You aren’t sleeping.
    • She’s not going to work. – She isn’t going to work.
    • He’s not doing well. – He isn’t doing well.
    • We’re not eating dinner. – We aren’t eating dinner.
    • They’re not making dinner. – They aren’t making dinner.

    The present continuous in the Positive:

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    Questions in the present continuous:

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    Questions in the present continuous with the use of “Wh-” question-words:

    Wh-QuestionsPres.Cont 


    Short answers in the Positive  

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    Short Answers in the Negative 

    ShortAnswerrPres.Cont_
     

    Question: Are you going to school?

    Question: Are they smiling?   

    Question: Where is he going?

    Answer:  Yes, I am/No, I am not.

    Answer: Yes, they are/No, they’re not.

    Answer: He is going to work.

     

    We use the present continuous (verb + ing), when we speak about something that is happening right now.

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    We use the Simple present (I do), when we speak about something that we generally/usually do (every day/often).

    SimplePresentline



    Examples:

    I am brushing my teeth (right now). I brush my teeth (every day).
    I am eating meat (right now). I eat meat (generally).
    I am not drinking beer (right now). I do not drink beer (generally).

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