How to make the Present Continuous Tense

Also called the Present Progressive Tense.

The present continuous (sometimes called the present progressive) tense in English is really easy to make and is the same for all verbs. We make it using the present simple of ‘be’ + verb-ing.

 

Present Continuous

 

Here is how we make the positive:

Positive                                       Positive Short Form

I am sleeping                                   I’m sleeping
you are sleeping                              you’re sleeping
he is sleeping                                   he’s sleeping
she is sleeping                                 she’s sleeping
it is sleeping                                     it’s sleeping
we are sleeping                               we’re sleeping
they are sleeping                            they’re sleeping

 

We can make the negative by adding ‘not’:

 

Negative                                      Negative Short Form

I am not sleeping                                I’m not sleeping
you are not playing                            you aren’t playing
he is not Reading                                he isn’t reading
she is not working                              she isn’t working
it is not raining                                    it isn’t raining
we are not cooking                            we aren’t cooking
they are not listening                        they aren’t listening

 

Questions are also really, really easy. Just like we made the question with ‘be’ in the present simple, here we also put ‘am’, ‘is’, or ‘are’ before the subject to make a ‘yes / no’ question:

Yes / No Questions

am I eating chocolate ?
are you studying now ?
is he working ?
is she doing her homework ?
is it raining ?
are we meeting at six ?
are they coming ?

For ‘wh’ questions, just put the question word at the front:

Wh Questions

Why am I eating chocolate ?
What are you studying now ?
When is he working ?
What is she doing ?
Why is it raining ?
Who are we meeting ?
How are they travelling ?

Seguro que ahora tienes un poco más claro, cómo se construye el presente continuo. Pero si te ha quedado alguna duda o necesitas un título oficial que acredite tus conocimientos de Inglés, puedes acudir a cualquier centro Walton Palmer y estaremos encantados de ayudarte.

 

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