|Present Continuous Tense|
We use the present continuous tense to show we are in the middle of an activity that is in progress at this moment. The activity started in the past and will go on in the future.
Examples: I am reading / I'm writing.
The present continuous tense of any verb is formed with the simple present tense of the verb to be (=am, is, are) and the present participle of the main verb (verb + ing)
Example: I am eating a pie for lunch.
Example: Mike is walking out after a row with his girlfriend.
Example: Police are looking through a pile of papers and still haven't found what they want.
We use the present continuous tense:
Example: She is cooking a meal now.
Example: Jack is teaching at a secondary boys' school. (He is not actually teaching now. He may be watching television or playing with his cat at the moment of speaking.)
Example: We are performing magic tricks on stage in two weeks.
Example: He is usually the hero of the film, but he is playing the role of a villain.
Example: Pollution is causing global warming.'
Example: He is forever making unfavourable comments about his mother-in-law.
Example: My old car is always breaking down.
Example: I very often go to my mum's for tea or coffee.
Example: He told her that their love would last forever.
Example: She is constantly reminding me to pay back the money I owe her.
With present continuous tense questions, we use: am/are/is + subject + ...ing
We use the present continuous tense in the following ways:
agree appear assume be believe belong consider consist contain cost depend deserve dislike doubt envy exist fear feel find fit forget hate have hear hold hope imagine include know like look love matter mean measure mind need notice owe own possess prefer realize recognize regret remember resemble see seem smell sound suppose taste think understand want weigh wish
Some of the above non-action verbs (in bold), however, may be used in the simple present tense and the present continuous tenses because they have different meanings.
Verbs not used in continuous tense
The parrot belongs to my grandmother. (NOT: The parrot is belonging to my grandmother.)
Using present continuous for short answers
Yes, I am / Yes, we are. (NOT: Yes, I'm / Yes, we're)
Is he your big brother? No, he isn't.
Are those dogs yours? Yes, they are.
Are you coming in? Yes, we are / No, we are not.