Present Continuous Tense

Meaning

It tells us that the action is happening when we speak. It can be used for near future meaning as well.

For example:

Peter is doing his homework in his room right now.

My friends are playing football in the garden at the moment.

Form:

To form present continuous tense we use ‘to be‘ + the base of the verb +ing.

Positive: She is making a cake now.

Negative: We aren’t coming the the party.

QuestionAre you washing the dishes in the kitchen now?

SubjectAuxiliary Verb (to be)Base Verb+ing
Iamplaying
Youareplaying
Heisplaying
Sheisplaying
Weareplaying
You (plural)areplaying
Theyareplaying

Time Expressions

  • now
  • right now
  • at present
  • tonight
  • today
  • at the moment