Present Continuous

 

The Present Continuous is used to express that an action is taking place now.

I am playing football. I am eating. I am sleeping.

 

 

It is sometimes used to express that an action will take place in the future with the help of future time expressions.

I am travelling to France tomorrow. I am leaving tonight.

 

Present Continuous can also be used with the form ”going to” 

Note: When the from going to is used is gives the impression that something is planned.(see Future Simple tense)

I am going to France tomorrow.  I am going to study French.


 

Formulas

Key – Verb 1 = verb without ing or ed.   be = am / is / are (  I – am   he/ she / it – is      we / they –  are )   Q/W = Question word

(+) Subject + be + verb 1 + ing + Object

( – ) Subject + be  not + verb 1 + ing + Object

( ? ) Be + subject + verb 1 + ing + Object

( – ? ) Be + not + subject + verb 1 + ing  + Object

( – ? ) Be + subject + not + verb 1 + ing + Object

Information Question = Q/W +  Be + subject + verb 1 + ing + Object

 

Formula with ”going to

(+) Subject + be + going to + Object

( – ) Subject + be not + going to + Object

( ? ) Be + subject + going to + Object

( – ? ) Be + not + subject + going to + Object

( – ? ) Be + subject + not + going to + Object

Information Question = Q/W + Be + subject + going to + Object


Test your knowledge with the following exercises

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I ___ _______ to Australia on Monday .

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He ___ ______ his dinner at the moment.

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The boxers ____ _______ heavy blows.

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______ _____ ________ with us to the gym?

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______ ______ ________ to fight the men across the road ?

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How ______ you ______ to do that?

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We ___ _____ our homework now and do not have time to play.

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They _______ ________ in the gym.

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I _________ ________ it difficult to concentrate .

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Keep quiet! The teacher ____ ________ us important tips for our exams.

Correct! Wrong!

Present Continuous
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