Present Continuous Tense | Examples Of The Present Continuous Tense

Present continuous tense is used to describe the continuous as well as the present on-going action. However, these actions are happening presently at the time of the speaking. It is also known as the present progressive tense. As it refer to the actions which are in process at the time of the speaking.

Formula: Subject + is/am/are + 1st form + ing + object.

In this we use I with am. Well in Singular subjects we used is and in plural subjects we use are.

For example:

  • He is playing boxing.
  • They are reading.
  • Geeta is cooking food.
  • Mona is sleeping in the room.
  • The boys are playing in the garden.

Present Continuous Tense With Negative Form:

In negative sentence before main verb but after the helping verb (is, am, are) we use not. We use am, we , they with I and with plural noun we use are, he, she, it and with singular noun we use is.

For example:

  • I am not reading.
  • We are not playing.
  • You are not eating mango.
  • They are not playing.
  • Raveena is not singing.

Present Continuous Tense With Interrogative Form:

In Interrogative sentence starts with helping verb (is, am, are). After this put subject + verb 1st form + ing.

Formula: Is/Am/Are + Subject + 1st form of verb + ing + object.

For example:

  • Am i reading?
  • Are you eating mango?
  • Are the boys talking?
  • Is raveena singing?
  • Are they plying?

After WH- use helping verb (is, am, are) then put subject.

Formula: WH- + Helping verb + Subject.

For example:

  • Why are you playing?
  • What are the boys talking?
  • Why is he abusing?
  • Which song is sita singing?
  • When are you inviting me to tea?

Interrogative-Negative sentences:

Interrogative-Negative sentences are usually starts with helping verb. And we use not in this before the main verb.

Formula: Helping verb + subject + Not + ing in verb.

For example:

  • Are we not walking?
  • Are they not playing?
  • Is he not abusing?
  • Are you not eating?

When Not to Use Present Continuous Tense:

There are certain verbs which we cannot use in the present continuous tense. These verbs are as follows:

  • Communication: agree, promise, surprise
  • Feelings: like, love, hate
  • Senses: hear, see, smell, taste
  • Thinking: believe, know, understand