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Present Continuous Tense

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Introduction

The present continuous (or present progressive) is used for actions that are happening at the present moment.

Form

To form the present continuous, use am, is, and are, followed by the present participle:

Negative Form

The negative form simply adds not:

We are not skinny-dipping.

Asking Questions

Use the regular form to ask questions:

Are you watching the game?

Primary Uses

Present Actions

We are studying right now.

Ongoing / Temporary Actions

They are doing a major in Spanish.

Trends

More and more people are writing papers on their phones.

Future

Tomorrow I am coaching the junior team.

Irritation

She is always shouting.

More Information

For more information, please see our introduction to all twelve verb tenses in English.