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Another tense we use to talk about the present is the present continuous (present progressive). It is used to show that something is happening now or around now and also in some other situations.
 
 
 

We use TO BE + verb+ing

 
 

1. Actions happening now, at the moment of speaking.

 
  • I’m sitting in at my desk and I’m writing an article about Present Continuous.
  • I’m not talking on the phone.
  • Are you studying now?
  • Is he driving to work now?
  • They aren’t reading, they are watching TV.
 
 
 

2. Longer actions in progress, happening around now, but not always at the moment of speaking. “Now can mean this second, today, this month, this year, and so on. We are in the process of doing a longer action which is in progress.

 
  • I’m living with my sister now, my flat is being decorated.
  • I’m reading a very good book at the moment.
  • Is Sammy studying to be a doctor?
  • He isn’t working this week, he is on holiday.
 
 
 
3. Future plans. It can also be used to talk about near future when we talk about something we have planned.
 
 
  • I am meeting some friends after work.
  • I am not going to the party tonight.
  • Is he visiting his parents next weekend?
  • Isn’t he going to Portugal this summer?
 
 
4. To express irritation or annoyance at somebody’s behaviour. We use words such as “always” or “constantly” and the meaning is like simple present, but with negative emotion. Remember to put the words “always” or “constantly” between “be” and “verb+ing.”
 
 
  • I hate going to restaurants with her, she is always complaining about the food.
  • He is always coming to class late. It disrupts the whole class.
  • You are acting out of order!
 
 
NOTE:
 
 
There are some verbs which we never (or hardly ever) use in the -ing form, they include:
 
Abstract verbs: to be, to want, to cost, to seem, to need, to care, to contain, to owe, to exist…
 
 
Possession Verbs: possess, to own, to belong…
 
Emotion Verbs: to like, to love, to hate, to dislike, to fear, to envy, to mind

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