Learn how to form the present continuous (aka present progressive), and when to use it.
free time activities, basic work, daily activities
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.
- I am working.
- You are sleeping.
- She is going to work.
- He is doing well.
- We are eating dinner.
- They are making dinner.
- 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.
- 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:
Questions in the present continuous:
Questions in the present continuous with the use of “Wh-” question-words:
Short answers in the Positive
Short Answers in the Negative
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.
We use the Simple present (I do), when we speak about something that we generally/usually do (every day/often).
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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