Learn how and when to use the Present Continuous Tense in English with useful rules and examples.
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Forming the Present Continuous Tense
The present continuous (also the present progressive) is one of the present tenses used in modern English.
The structure of the Present Continuous Tense is:
S + am/is/are (not) + V-ing +….
He is playing.
She isn’t cooking.
Am/is/are + S + V-ing +…?
Am I annoying you? (which is to ask whether I am annoying you.)
How to Use the Present Continuous Tense
The present continuous is used:
- To describe something which is happening at the exact moment of speech.
Jim is watching television at the moment.
- To describe an action that is taking place now but not at the exact moment of speech.
John is working in London.
- To describe an event planned in the future.
I’m taking my French class on Tuesday.
- To describe a temporary situations.
I’m staying with a friend for a few days.
- To emphasize the frequency of an action.
That child is always crying for no good reasons.
- To describe changing situations.
Her health is improving by leaps and bounds.