Present continuous

Discover the present continuous of English verbs! Learn the rules to make the affirmative, the negative and the interrogative form, and find many examples that will help you understand how to use this verb tense. Then test yourself with printable worksheets and three levels of interactive exercises that you can find at the end of the lesson.

Notes

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

It has three forms:

  • affirmative
  • negative
  • interrogative

 

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Present continuous - Videos with examples

Watch the videos and find out several sentences with examples of present continuous!

"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 affirmative form of the present continuous follows the basic structure we have illustrated at the beginning of the lesson: present tense of the verb TO BEVERB + ING.

Take a look at this table and find out how to form the affirmative form:

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

 

Download the worksheet below and practise with the affirmative form of this verb tense!

Present continuous - Negative form

We make the negative form of the present continuous by putting NOT after AM, IS or ARE.

Here is a table with examples of the negative form of the verb "read":

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

 

Download the worksheet about the negative form below and test yourself!

Present continuous - Interrogative form

We ask questions with the present continuous by putting AM, IS or ARE in front of the subject: present tense of "to be" + personal pronoun + ing form of the verb.

Take a look at the table and find out the interrogative form of the verb "read":

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

 

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