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When do we use Present Continuous

When do we use Present Continuous?

by Oct 25, 2019English Grammar Tips, English Time Ask Elo

When do we use Present Continuous

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When to use is are am with Present Continuous Tense

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There are two ways in which we can talk about the present time in English, one is used to talk about facts, routines and things which are generally true (Present Simple) and the other to talk about something happening NOW (at the moment of speaking) or around now.

 

Present Continuous

Form: TO BE (I am, you are, he/she/it is, we are, they are) + 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 (called stative verbs) which we never (or hardly ever) use in the -ing form, they include:

 

  1. Abstract verbs: to be, to want, to cost, to seem, to need, to care, to contain, to owe, to exist…
  2. Possession Verbs: possess, to own, to belong…
  3. Emotion Verbs: to like, to love, to hate, to dislike, to fear, to envy, to mind

 

To practise Present Continuous talk to yourself about what you are doing now, for example, in the morning “I’m brushing my teeth, I’m looking in the mirror, I’m washing my face” etc. Talk about your current work projects, ex. “I’m updating our customer database.”, “I’m sowing some crops this week.” Remember, this tense is very handy for talking about the future “I’m going out tonight.”, “I’m meeting some friend this afternoon.”, “They are coming soon.”

 

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