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Present continuous

Introduction

We use the present continuous to talk about:
Examples:

Part 1 - Present continuous positive

We make the present continuous with
the present form of the verb "be" ("am", "is", "are")
+ the "ing" form of the main verb (present participle).


For example:
I 'm / am having a shower at the moment.
He / She / It 's / is working in the city.
You
We
They
're / are seeing the doctor on Monday.

Practice

Complete the sentences with the correct present continuous positive form of the verb in brackets.

  • We a new car. (buy)
     
  • He the box for me. (carry)
     
  • David and Sue new carpets for their house. (choose)
     
  • I at the concert on Saturday. (dance)
     

Part 2 - Present continuous negative

To make a negative sentence we make the verb "be" negative –
‘m not (am not)
isn’t (is not),
aren’t (are not).


For example:
I 'm not / am not having a shower at the moment.
He / She / It isn't / is not working in the city.
You
We
They
aren't / 're not / are not seeing the doctor on Monday.

Practice

Complete the sentences with the correct present continuous negative form of the verb in brackets.

  • Claire too fast. (drive)
     
  • We potatoes during the summer. (eat)
     
  • I fishing this Sunday. (go)
     
  • The boss to Brazil next week. (fly)
     

Part 3 - Present continuous questions

To make questions we put the verb "be" before the subject.


For example:
Am I having a shower at the moment?
Is he / she / it working in the city?
Are you
we
they
seeing the doctor on Monday?

Short answers

Yes, I am.
No, am not.
Yes, he / she / it is.
No, isn't.
Yes, you
we
they
are.
No, aren't.

Practice

Complete the sentences with the correct present continuous question form of the verb in brackets.

  • you a new car? (get)
     
  • he you a lift on Friday? (give)
     
  • Sonia and Katy at the hospital? (help)
     
  • we them to the party? (invite)
     

Further practice

Choose the correct answer to complete the sentence: a, b, c or d.

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