Present continuous rules, examples

Present continuous

Present continuous (Present continuous)

Present continuous (continuous) means: Something is happening now.

Form of the Present continuous

to be (am, is, are) + infinitive + -ing

Examples:

I am reading a book.
They are going for a walk.

Present continuous - (Present continuous) signal words

Simple present signal words: at the moment, at present, now, right now, still, today, tonight.
Look! Listen!

Examples:

She is now sitting in the classroom.
They are right now reading a book.
Look! They are watching television.

Verbs like can, have, like and want don't form the Present continuous.

Verbs with -e at the end

Example: to make - making

Present continuous future meaning:

Jane is playing computer games tomorrow.
I'm watching a film tomorrow.

Sentences Present continuous

I
You
He
She
We
You
They
am
are
is
is
are
are
are
watching TV.
listening to music.
dancing today.
watching birds.
looking for CDs.
wating for the taxi.
writing letters.

Present continuous questions

Am I watching TV?
Are you listening to music?
Is he dancing today?
Is she watching birds?
Are we looking for CDs
Are you waiting for the taxi?
Are they writing letters?

Examples: Questions Present continuous

Question

Yes  No
Am
Are
Is
Is
Are
Are
Are
I
you
he
she
we
you
they
watching TV?
listening to music?
dancing today?
watching birds?
looking for CDs
wating for the taxi?
writing letters?
Yes, I am.
Yes, you are.
Yes, he is.
Yes, she is.
Yes, we are.
Yes, you are.
Yes, they are.
No, I'm not.
No, you aren't.
No, he isn't.
No, she isn't.
No, we aren't.
No, you aren't
No, they aren't.

Present continuous negatives

I

You

He

She

We

You

They
'm not

aren't

isn't

isn't

aren't

aren't

aren't
watching TV.

listening to music.

dancing today.

watching birds.

looking for CDs.

wating for the taxi.

writing letters.
 

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