Present continuous

The present continuous is made from the present tense of the verb BE and the ING form of a verb.

Notes

The present continuous has three forms:

  • affirmative
  • negative
  • interrogative

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Present continuous - Video

WATCH THE VIDEO AND REPEAT:

"I AM WALKING. SHE IS RUNNING. THEY ARE JUMPING.

I AM READING. HE IS LISTENING TO MUSIC. THEY ARE WATCHING TV."

Present continuous - Affirmative form

The present continuous is made from the present tense of the verb BE and a VERB+ING:

PERSONAL PRONOUNTO BEVERB+ING
IAMREADING
YOUAREREADING
HE/SHE/ITISREADING
WEAREREADING
YOUAREREADING
THEYAREREADING

 

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Present continuous - Interrogative form

We make questions by putting AM, IS or ARE in front of the subject:

TO BEPERSONAL PRONOUNVERB+ING
AMIREADING?
AREYOUREADING?
ISHE/SHE/ITREADING?
AREWEREADING?
AREYOUREADING?
ARETHEYREADING?

 

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Present continuous - Negative form

We make negatives by putting NOT after AM, IS or ARE:

Long formContracted formVERB+ING
I AM NOTI'M NOTREADING
YOU ARE NOTYOU'RE NOTREADING
HE/SHE/IT IS NOTHE/SHE/IT 'S NOTREADING
WE ARE NOTWE'RE NOTREADING
YOU ARE NOTYOU'RE NOTREADING
THEY ARE NOTTHEY'RE NOTREADING

 

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