Present Continuous

We use the Present Continuous to talk about actions happening at the moment, temporary unfinished actions happening around now, and definite future plans when a time /place is known . If you would like to learn more about this tense, you’ve come to the right place. Feel free to look around, learn, and practice.

We use the Present Continuous to talk about:

present continuous
- ACTIONS HAPPENING AT THE MOMENT

Please don’t make so much noise I’m studying.


Steve isn’t working today, he has the day off.


Are you watching the TV? Or can I turn it off?

- UNFINISHED ACTIONS HAPPENING AROUND NOW

I’m reading a fantastic book, I’ll lend it to you when I’m finished.


Charles isn’t playing football this season.


Is Diane taking a photography course?

- FUTURE PLANS WHEN THE TIME/PLACE IS KNOWN

The Millers are having a barbeque this weekend.


Wendy isn’t going away this week, she has too much work to do.


Are you going fishing on Saturday?

*NOTE: that we do not normally use state verbs in the continuous form (ie: know, love,
believe, want, etc.).

I know how to use a computer. (not: I’m knowing)

Bob doesn’t like pizza. (not: Bob is not liking)

Does she want to buy a car? (not: Is she wanting)

Affirmative

I

you/we/they

he/she/it

am/’m

are/’re

is/’s

working/doing/reading etc.
Negative
I

you/we/they

he/she/it

am not/’m not

are not/’re not/aren’t

is not/’s not/isn’t

working/doing/reading etc.
Questions
Am

Are

Is

I

you/we/they

he/she/it

working/doing/reading etc. ?

* NOTE: Negative questions are also possible. We generally use them to show surprise,
disbelief, or shock.

Aren’t you watching the football match?