Tenses & Timelines: Continuous Form-Present*

Tenses & Timelines: Present Continuous

April 4, 2019

Native English Instructor

Written by Douglas Shaw

The present continuous is used to indicate the ongoing time (now). However, the stative verbs do not usually take the form of present progressive even though they refer to the present time.:

The present continuous tense is used to talk about events that are happening at the present period of time.

e.g. Right Now.(I am doing)

Present Cont

Present Continuous

When we talk about events that are happening now, we use present continuous. To form the continuous tense, we use the base form (main form)of the verb and add (-ing). e.g. work becomes working.


Some verbs, the spelling needs to be altered.


die becomes dying

Question Form

The present continuous tense is commonly used in questions to ask about the actions and events that are happening now.


What are you doing? I’m writing an English grammar book.

Things that are happening around the present period of time which are temporary


What are you doing these days? Unfortunately, I’m working a lot.

Trends or situations that are happening which may be temporary


Nowadays, more and more people are shopping for new Samsung smartphones.

Habitual actions (usually negative)


He’s always downloading new games on my tablet.


The present continuous can also be used to discuss future events and is usually used with action verbs (verbs of doing), not verbs of state.


  • Conditions: belong / cost / need / own / seem
  • Feelings: like / love / hate / want / wish
  • Beliefs: believe / feel / know / mean / remember / think / understand
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