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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.

.
1)
We    a new car. (buy)

 
2)
He    the box for me. (carry)

 
3)
David and Sue    new carpets for their house. (choose)

 
4)
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.

.
1)
Claire    too fast. (drive)

 
2)
We    potatoes during the summer. (eat)

 
3)
I    fishing this Sunday. (go)

 
4)
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.

.
1)
   you    a new car? (get)

 
2)
   he    you a lift on Friday? (give)

 
3)
   Sonia and Katy    at the hospital? (help)

 
4)
   we    them to the party? (invite)

 

Further practice

Choose the correct answer to complete the sentence: a, b, c or d.
.
1)
I ____ how to repair a tyre.
 

 

2)
____ on Monday?
 

 

3)
They ____ any new toys.
 

 

4)
The cat ____ the door.
 

 

5)
____ close to the school?
 

 

6)
We ____ a comic together.
 

 


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