Now that you know how to use the present simple, it’s time to learn how to use the present continuous in English. The present continuous is also known as the present progressive.
We use the present continuous to speak about actions that are happening “now”, at the present time, or that will happen in the near future.
Some words to pay attention to which may indicate the use of the present continuous are:
Now (I am reading now.)
At the moment (I am living in Miami at the moment.)
Today (I am studying English today.)
Present Continuous Form
Here is the form for the present continuous. Remember that I use “V1” to mean the verb in the present tense. Click here to download a list of common regular verbs in English.
‘VERB TO BE’ + ING
I AM + V1 + ING
He/She/It + IS + V1 + ING
You/We/They + ARE + V1 + ING
Present Continuous Use
There are two main uses for the present continuous.
1. To show an action that is happening “now”
She is drinking coffee now.
I am learning English this year.
This week we are studying English verb tenses.
2. To show an action in the near future
I am going to the beach today.
My sister is coming to Miami this weekend.
They are meeting at 10:00 this evening.
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