Present Continuous Tense

Present Continuous Tense
Present Continuous Tense

Present Continuous Tense:- The use of the Present Continuous Tense is done more than often in English. There is a great difference between the Present Simple Tense and this. They differ in both, structure and use. Thus, we have compiled all the things you need to know about Present Continuous Tense.

This article will help you get a better understanding of the Present Continuous Tense. Further, with the examples and uses mentioned here, you will be able to use this tense correctly without any confusion. Let us start by knowing about the definition of Present Continuous Tense.

The Present Continuous Tense is used to describe an action that is ongoing at the current time. It is formed with a variant of the verb to be + the present participle (verb form ending in -ing).

This verb form can also be used with time adverbs to talk about an activity that is continuing into some future time (e.g. in one hour’, this Fall’).

Additionally, present progressive verb forms are most commonly going to be found in the wild using dynamic verbs that describe:

No.-1. an activity (e.g. learn, listen, read)

No.-2. a process (e.g. change, grow, shrink)

No.-3. a bodily sensation (e.g. ache, feel, hurt)

No.-4. a transitional event (e.g. arrive, leave)

No.-5. a momentary occurrence (e.g. hit, jump, kick)

Forming the present continuous Tense

The present continuous of any verb is composed of two parts – the present tense of the verb to be + the present participle of the main verb.

(The form of the present participle is: base+ing, e.g. talking, playing, moving, smiling)

Subject to be + base + ing
She is talking.
Subject to be + not + base + ing
She is not (isn’t) talking
to be + subject + base + ing
Is she talking?


Uses Present Continuous Tense

In order to clearly understand the present continuous, we must make sure to learn about its uses for getting a better idea of it.

Now के लिए Present Continuous Tense

Make use of the present continuous with normal verbs to convey the idea that something is occurring now, at this very moment. We can also use it to show that something is not taking place now.


No.-1. You are studying French now.

No.-2. You are not playing now.

No.-3. Are you coming?

No.-4. They are not drinking alcohol.

No.-5. Why aren’t you doing your chores?

Longer Actions in Progress Now के लिए Present Continuous Tense

When we talk about the English language, we see that ‘now’ can mean this second, this month, this year, this century and so on. More than often, we make use of the present continuous to say that we are in the process of doing a longer action which is in progress; however, we might not necessarily be doing it at this precise moment.


No.-1. I am studying to become a lawyer.

No.-2. I am not studying to become a doctor.

No.-3. Aren’t you working at a multinational company now?

No.-4. I am not watching any shows right now.

Near Future के लिए Present Continuous Tense

Sometimes, we make use of the present continuous to indicate that something will or will not occur in the near future.


No.-1. I am meeting some fans after the concert.

No.-2. I am not going to the movies tonight.

No.-3. Is she visiting his hometown next month?

No.-4. Isn’t she coming with us today?

Repetition and Irritation with “Always” के लिए Present Continuous Tense

The present continuous with words like “always” or “constantly” will express the idea that something irritating or shocking often happens. You will observe that the meaning is like a simple present, but with negative emotion. Make sure to put the words “always” or “constantly” between “be” and “verb+ing.”


No.-1. He is always coming to class late.

No.-2. She is constantly walking. I wish she would take some rest.

No.-3. I don’t like them because they are always whining.


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