English Grammar: Present Continuous Tense
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English Grammar: Present Continuous Tense

Learn about the present continuous tense, its formation and uses in describing actions happening at the moment of speaking, around a specific time, and in temporary or changing situations.

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Questions and Answers

What is the formula for forming the present continuous tense?

Subject + is/are + present participle

What is the present continuous tense used to describe?

Actions that are happening at the moment of speaking

What happens to verbs ending in -ie, -oe, or -ye when forming the present participle?

The -ie is changed to -y before adding -ing

Why is the sentence 'I am living in London' incorrect in the present continuous tense?

<p>It is describing a general truth</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the correct way to express the idea of finishing homework in the present continuous tense?

<p>I have finished my homework</p> Signup and view all the answers

What is the correct spelling of the present participle of the verb 'travel'?

<p>travelling</p> Signup and view all the answers

Study Notes

Form

  • The present continuous tense is formed using the present participle of the main verb and the present tense of the auxiliary verb "to be".
  • The formula is: Subject + is/are + present participle

Uses

  • To describe an action that is happening at the moment of speaking:
    • e.g. "I am writing an email."
  • To describe an action that is happening around a specific time:
    • e.g. "I am meeting my friends at 7pm."
  • To describe a temporary or changing situation:
    • e.g. "I am studying for my exams."
  • To describe an annoying or disturbing habit:
    • e.g. "He is always leaving his dirty socks on the floor."
  • To describe an action that is planned or arranged for the future:
    • e.g. "I am flying to Paris next week."

Spelling Rules

  • Verbs ending in -ie, -oe, or -ye change the -ie to -y- before adding -ing:
    • e.g. "die" -> "dying"
  • Verbs ending in a consonant + -le, -ne, or -re double the consonant before adding -ing:
    • e.g. "travel" -> "travelling"
  • Verbs ending in a vowel + -le, -ne, or -re do not double the consonant before adding -ing:
    • e.g. "love" -> "loving"

Common Mistakes

  • Do not use the present continuous to describe general truths or permanent situations:
    • e.g. "I am living in London" (instead, use the present simple: "I live in London")
  • Do not use the present continuous to describe completed actions:
    • e.g. "I am finishing my homework" (instead, use the present perfect: "I have finished my homework")

Form of Present Continuous Tense

  • Formed using the present participle of the main verb and the present tense of the auxiliary verb "to be"
  • Formula: Subject + is/are + present participle

Uses of Present Continuous Tense

  • Describe an action happening at the moment of speaking
  • Describe an action happening around a specific time
  • Describe a temporary or changing situation
  • Describe an annoying or disturbing habit
  • Describe an action planned or arranged for the future

Spelling Rules for Present Participle

  • Verbs ending in -ie, -oe, or -ye change the -ie to -y- before adding -ing
  • Verbs ending in a consonant + -le, -ne, or -re double the consonant before adding -ing
  • Verbs ending in a vowel + -le, -ne, or -re do not double the consonant before adding -ing

Common Mistakes to Avoid

  • Do not use the present continuous to describe general truths or permanent situations
  • Do not use the present continuous to describe completed actions

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