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English - The Present Continuous Tense

English - The Present Continuous Tense

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THE PRESENT CONTINUOUS TENSE

play

At the moment I’m playing football.

THE PRESENT CONTINUOUS TENSE
AFFIRMATIVE: Play

I You We They He She It

am ‘m are ‘re is ‘s playing

THE PRESENT CONTINUOUS TENSE

Is he playing football at the moment? No, he isn’t. He is running.

THE PRESENT CONTINUOUS TENSE
INTERROGATIVE: Play NEGATIVE: Play

Am

I you we playing? they he she it

I

am not ‘m not

Are

You are not We aren’t playing They He She It is not isn’t

Is

WHAT IS SHE DOING? draw

She is drawing a picture at the moment

WHAT IS TWEETY DOING?

IT’S FLYING

VERB + ing (spelling rules)
listen + ing = listening die (-ie y) + ing = dying write + ing = writing hop + p + ing = hopping travel + l + ing = travelling

Make –ing forms of each verb given.
begin rub listen lie swim study happen get use admit try decide come put

–ing forms
beginning rubbing listening lying swimming studying happening getting using admitting trying deciding coming putting

The Present Continuous Tense is used for
1. Actions which are happening at or around the moment of speaking. • Now I’m doing the washing up. • She is working very hard nowadays. 2. Temporary situations. • I’m staying with a friend at the moment.

ACTIONS THAT ARE HAPPENING AT PRESENT (1)

They are dancing right now.

TEMPORARY SITUATIONS (2)
They normally play tennis.

But this week they are skating.

The Present Continuous Tense is used for
3. Changing or developing situations. • His English is getting better. • It’s getting colder. 4. Fixed arrangements in the near future. • They are getting married next week.

CHANGING SITUATIONS (3)
Yesterday it was very sunny.

Today it’s raining more and more.

FUTURE ARRANGEMENTS (4)

They are celebrating a party next weekend.

THE PRESENT CONTINUOUS TENSE TIME EXPRESSIONS:
Now, at the moment, today, nowdays, this week.
They are throwing snowballs now

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