The Present Continuous in English is formed by Present forms of the verb TO BE and the -ING form of the verb. It is also called Present Progressive.
NEGATIVE AND INTERROGATIVE FORMS
We use the Present Continuous to express the idea that something is happening NOW, RIGHT NOW or AT THE MOMENT.
- You are learning English now.
- Are you eating an apple?
- Is he sitting or standing?
- They are reading their books.
We can sometimes use Present Continuous to refer to longer actions in progres NOW; however, we might not be doing it at this exact second.
- I am studying to become a teacher.
- I am reading last Eragon book.
- Temperatures are rising because of greenhouse effect
We can also use Present Continuous to refer to FUTURE ARRANGEMENTS
, to indicate that something will or will not happen in the near future.
- I am helping my father this evening after school.
- Are you visiting his parents next weekend?
We can also use Present Continuous with frequency adverbs (ussually associated to Simple Present) TO EXPRESS IRRITATION
- You are always complaining
- This student is always speaking in class
These are the forms:
AFFIRMATIVE NEGATIVE INTERROGATIVE
These are the corresponding short answers:
There are some verbs that are rarely used in continuous tenses. They usually express actions that you cannot see somebody doing. They include:
- Abstract Verbs: to be, to want, to cost, to seem, to need, to care, to contain, to owe, to think, to believe, to exist...
some revision on grammar contents
Nowadays many people think
that pollution is a huge problem
- Possession Verbs: to possess, to own, to belong...
The blue car belongs
to my best friend
- Emotion Verbs: to like, to love, to hate, to dislike, to fear, to envy, to mind...
Chinese food, but I dislike
I don't mind
if you are late
If you need any further revision or practice in Present Continuous, use the RED links below. There are some pages that include exercises, other are directly online exercises
04/06/11 - Maite Rabanal