Present Continuous Tense: Definition & Useful Examples in English 1

Present Continuous Tense: Definition & Useful Examples in English

Present continuous tense in English with present continuous examples! Learn the definition and how to form the present continuous tense with useful examples and ESL printable infographics.

Present Continuous Tense

Present Continuous Definition

The present continuous is a verb tense in which the action is on-going/still going on and hence continuous. The present continuous tense is used to talk about actions that are happening at this current moment.

Forming Present Continuous Tense

Positive Statements | Present Continuous

SUBJECTAM / ARE / ISVERB + ing

REST OF THE SENTENCE

Iamwatchingtelevision.
Youarewatchingtelevision.
Heiswatchingtelevision.
Tomiswatchingtelevision
The boyiswatchingtelevision.
Sheiswatchingtelevision.
Annaiswatchingtelevision.
The girliswatchingtelevision.
Wearewatchingtelevision.
Youarewatchingtelevision.
Theyarewatchingtelevision.
The childrenarewatchingtelevision.

Notice that we use:

  • ‘am’ with ‘I’,
  • ‘is’ with ‘He’ and ‘She’
  • ‘are’ with ‘You’, ‘We’ and ‘They’

The verb form remains the same for all subjects.

Negative Statements | Present Continuous

SUBJECTAM NOT / ARE NOT / IS NOTVERB + ingREST OF THE SENTENCE
Iam notplayingchess.
Youare notplayingchess.
Heis notplayingchess.
Tomis notplayingchess.
The boyis notplayingchess.
Sheis notplayingchess.
Annais notplayingchess.
The girlis notplayingchess.
Weare notplayingchess.
Youare notplayingchess.
Theyare notplayingchess.
The menare notplayingchess.

Notice that we use:

  • ‘am not’ with ‘I’,
  • ‘is not’ with ‘He’ and ‘She’
  • ‘are not’ with ‘You’, ‘We’ and ‘They’

The verb form remains the same for all subjects.

Interrogative Statements/Questions | Present Continuous

AM / ARE / ISSUBJECTVERBREST OF THE SENTENCE
AmIreadinga book?
Areyoureadinga book?
Ishereadinga book?
IsTomreadinga book?
Isthe boyreadinga book?
Isshereadinga book?
IsAnnareadinga book?
Isthe girlreadinga book?
Arewereadinga book?
Areyoureadinga book?
Aretheyreadinga book?
Arethe menreadinga book?

Notice the structure of the interrogative statements. We use:

  • ‘am’ with ‘I’,
  • ‘is’ with ‘He’ and ‘She’
  • ‘are’ with ‘You’, ‘We’ and ‘They’

The verb form remains the same for all subjects.

Present Continuous Chart

Present Continuous

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Present Continuous Tense: Definition & Useful Examples in English 2

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