Present Continuous: Full Guide

By Manuel Campos
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The Present Continuous

Definition

This tense indicates that an action or condition happening now and that may continue into the future.

Sources

Tenses

Verb to Be

If you want to make sentences with the present continuous, you must know everything about the Verb to Be

PronounVerbo to be
I am
Youare
Heis
Sheis
Itis
Weare
Theyare
Continuous Form

These are some examples of the rules to make continuous verbs

RuleVerbContinuous Form
#1ReadReading
#1HoldHolding
#2RunRunning
#2SitSitting
#3TakeTaking
#3MakeMaking

She is reading a book

He is holding his baby

He is running


He is playing soccer

He is playing the guitar

AFFIRMATIVE SENTENCES

Present Continuous

Structure

This is the structure to make affirmative sentences with the present continuous

PronounVerbo to beVerb + ING
I amteaching
Sheis driving
We areresting
Examples

These are some examples of sentences using the present continuous tense

  • I am having a cup of coffee
  • She is fixing my car
  • We are watching a movie
Exercise #5

Negative sentence

Present Continuous

Structure

This is the structure for making negative sentences with the present continuous

PronounVerb to beVerb + Ing
I am notsleeping
Sheis notresting
We are notcooking
Examples

These are some examples of negative sentences with the past continuous

  • I am not running
  • She is not climbing trees
  • We are not watching anime
  • They are not listening to music

They are not playing video games

They are not camping