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Present Continuous

f t g+ p
FORM
To conjugate a verb in present continuous form, you use the verb to be in the present and
the gerund or present participle of the corresponding verb
[am/is/are + present participle]
Examples:

You are watching TV.

Are you watching TV?

You are not watching TV.

USE 1 Now

Use the Present Continuous with Normal Verbs to express the idea that something is
happening now, at this very moment. It can also be used to show that something is not
happening now.
Examples:

You are learning English now.

You are not swimming now.

Are you sleeping?

I am sitting.

I am not standing.

Is he sitting or standing?

They are reading their books.

Examples:  I am meeting some friends after work.)  I am studying to become a doctor. and so on. this year. we use the Present Continuous to say that we are in the process of doing a longer action which is in progress. this month.  Are you working on any special projects at work?  Aren't you teaching at the university now? USE 3 Near Future Sometimes. speakers use the Present Continuous to indicate that something will or will not happen in the near future. this century. Sometimes. however. "now" can mean: this second.  I am not studying to become a dentist.  I am not reading any books right now. Examples: (All of these sentences can be said while eating dinner in a restaurant. They are not watching television.  I am not going to the party tonight.  What are you doing?  Why aren't you doing your homework? USE 2 Longer Actions in Progress Now In English.  I am reading the book Tom Sawyer. today. we might not be doing it at this exact second. .

Usually. Remember to put the words "always" or "constantly" between "be" and "verb+ing. Every Monday. . 2. complete the text below with the appropriate tenses (present tense or present continuous tense).  I don't like them because they are always complaining. 3. Don't forget to take your umbrella. I (work) as a secretary at ABT. but this summer I (study) language school in Paris. That is why I am in Paris. but with negative emotion.  He is constantly talking. Shhhhh! Be quiet! John (sleep) 4. Using the words in parentheses. 1. I wish he would shut up. Is he visiting his parents next weekend?  Isn't he coming with us tonight? USE 4 Repetition and Irritation with "Always" The Present Continuous with words such as "always" or "constantly" expresses the idea that something irritating or shocking often happens." Examples:  She is always coming to class late. French at a . Sally (drive) her kids to football practice. It (rain) . Notice that the meaning is like Simple Present.

currently) . always) 6.5. I can't. I hate living in Seattle because it (rain. I'm sorry. Switzerland. I hope he can find a good publisher when he is finished. The business cards (be. 9. because everybody (talk) so loudly. 8. a book about his adventures in Tibet. Their prices inexpensive. 10. Jim: Do you want to come over for dinner tonight? Denise: Oh. Justin (write. normally ) (be) printed by a company in New York. . I'm sorry I can't hear what you (say) 7. I (go) to a movie tonight with some friends. This delicious chocolate (be) made by a small chocolatier in Zurich. yet the quality of their work is quite good.