Continuous Tenses in English

I am driving right now

We are watching Netflix

fIRST CONTINUOUS TENSE

Present Continuous

Definition

The verb form used for actions or events that are happening or developing now

Structure

This is the structure to making sentences with the present continuous

PronounVerbo to beVerb + ING
I amcooking
Sheis sleeping
We arestudying
Examples

These are some examples of sentences using the present continuous tense

  • I am watching TV
  • I am making lemonade
  • I am writing an email

Second continuous tense

Past Continuous

Definition

The past continuous is used for an action that someone was doing.

Exercises
Structure

This is the structure to making sentences with the present continuous

PronounVerbo to be (Past)Verb + ING
I wascooking
Shewassleeping
We werestudying
Examples

These are some examples of sentences using the past continuous tense

  • I was listening to music
  • I was taking a shower
  • She was working a lot
  • They were listening to Oasis again

I was spending time with my family

We were having dinner


I will be fixing my car

I will be working in my office

Third CONTINUOUS tense

Future Continuous

Definition

tense that indicates that something will occur in the future and continue for an expected length of time

Lessons
Structure

This is the structure to making sentences with the present continuous

PronounWillTo BeVerb + ING
I willbecooking
Shewillbesleeping
We willberunning
Examples

These are some examples of sentences using the present continuous tense

  • I will be fixing a computer
  • I will be teaching
  • I will be swimming