Saturday, March 1, 2014

Present Continuous Tense

1:50 AM

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We often use the present continuous tense in English. It is very different from the simple present tense,
both in structure and in use.
In this lesson we look the structure and use of the present continuous tense, followed by a quiz to check
your understanding:

  • Structure: how do we make the present continuous tense?
  • Use: when and why do we use the present continuous tense?
  • Spelling: how do we spell verbs with -ing for the present continuous tense?
  • Present Continuous Tense Quiz

Continuous tenses are also called
progressive tenses. So the present
progressive tense is the same as the present
continuous tense.

How do we make the Present Continuous Tense?
The structure of the present continuous tense is:
subject + auxiliary verb +main verb
                       be                    base + ing

Look at these examples:

How do we use the Present Continuous Tense?
We use the present continuous tense to talk about:

  • action happening now
  • action in the future
Look at these examples:
  • Muriel is learning to drive.
  • I am living with my sister until I find an apartment.

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