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6. Present Continuous

FORM 7

1 Introduction

The Present Continuous means that we are in the middle of an action.

SARAH'S TRAIN IS LATE, SO SHE IS PHONING MARK.

2 Form

The Present Continuous is the present tense of be + an -ing form.

POSITIVE

I am looking OR I'm looking
You/we/they are looking OR You/we/they're looking
He/she/it is looking OR He/she/ it's looking

NEGATIVE

I'm not looking
you/we/they aren't looking OR you're/we're/they're not looking
he/she/it isn't looking OR he's/she's/ it's not looking

QUESTION

am I looking?
are you/we/they looking?
is he/she/it looking?

I'm getting the lunch ready.
We're looking for a post office.
What are you doing?

The train is coming, look.
Rachel isn't wearing her new dress.
Who is Vicky dancing with?

3 Use

We use the Present Continuous to say that we are in the middle of an action.
I'm waiting for the train. (I'm at the station now.)
I'm getting the lunch ready. (I'm in the kitchen now.)
I'm waiting means that I am in the middle of a period of waiting. The wait is not yet over.

We can also use the Present Continuous when we are in the middle of something but not actually doing it at the moment of speaking.
I must get back to the office. We're working on a new project.
I'm quite busy these days. I'm doing a course at college.

We can use the Present Continuous when things are changing over a long period.
The number of cars on the road is increasing.
The earth is slowly getting warmer.

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