The Present Progressive Tense

The Present Progressive Tense

The Present Progressive Tense

 

Otherwise known as “Present continuous tense”

 

When do we use the tense?

(1) Something happening now.
“I am working now.”
“I am studying at the moment.”
(2) Temporary situations that won’t continue in the future.
“I am living in Thailand for a few weeks.”
(3) For temporary or new habits:
“I am eating sweets a lot recently.”
(4) Making future arrangements:
“I am meeting my friend at 3 pm.”

 

Affirmative

 

Pattern:

Subject + Present simple of Be + Verb+ing

 

Example:

“The baby is sleeping.”
“I am eating peanuts.”
“I am cleaning my closet.”

 

Negative

 

Pattern:

Subject + Present simple of Be + NOT + Verb+ing

 

Example:

“The baby is not sleeping.”
“I am not eating peanuts.”
“I am not cleaning my closet.”

 

Interrogative/Question

 

Pattern:

Present simple of Be + Subject + Verb+ing

 

Example:

Is the baby sleeping?”
Am I eating peanuts?”
Am I cleaning my closet?”

 

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