Basic Grammar for spoken english : Present continuous Tense

The present continuous (sometimes called the present progressive) tense in English is really easy to make and is the same for all verbs. We make it using the present simple of ‘be’ + verb-ing:

The sentence of this tense can be identified by the presence of the adverbs of frequency—now, presently, for the time being, currently, this month etc.

General use:

Mostly, present Continues tense is used to show the continuity or progression of an at the point of the time when we are speaking.

General formula: subject + is/am/are/ + verb(ing) + complement.

Affirmative sentence:

I + am + verb(ing)+ complement.


I am sleeping.

You are sleeping.

He is sleeping.

They are sleeping.


Negative sentence: 

Subject + is/ am/ are/ + not+ verb(ing) + complement.


I am not sleeping.

You are not playing.

He is not reading.

She is not working.


Interrogative Sentence opening with Auxiliaries

Is/ am/ are/ + not+ verb(ing)+ Complement?


is he working?

is she doing her homework?

is it raining?

are we meeting at six?

are they coming?


Interrogative sentence opening with interrogative pronouns (WH- family words):

Who + is verb(ing) + complement?

Why am I eating chocolate?

What are you studying now?

When is he working?

What is she doing?



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