Present Continuous Tense: The Present Continuous Tense indicates that an action or condition is happening now and will continue to current times. The present continuous (also called present progressive) is a verb tense that is used to show an ongoing action that is happening now, either at the moment of the action. The present continuous can also be used to show that an action is going to take place in the near future. Scroll down below to know more about the Present Continuous tense.

Definition of Present Continuous Tense

According to the Cambridge Dictionary defines the Present Continuous Tense is “the verb form that is used for actions or events that are happening in the current time”.

According to Collins Dictionary, the Present Continuous Tense is defined as “a verb form that consists of helping verb in the present tense then it is followed by a present participle and used especially to indicate that a present action or event is in progress, being repeated, or of a temporary nature or to express the future.”

Structure of Present Continuous Tense

                                                                                           Structure Of Present Continuous Tense
Type Formula & RuleExamples
Present Continuous TenseSubject + Helping Verb(am/is/are) + Main verb + ing + the rest of the sentenceStudents are going to school.

Examples of Present Continuous Tense

  • Students are going to school.
  • The girls are playing in the park.
  • Rupali is crying out loud.
  • It is raining now.
  • I am cooking biryani for the lunch.
  • Miss Angela is teaching in the class.

Uses of The Present Continuous Tense

Some of the uses of the Present Continuous Tense are-

1.For an action going on at the time of speaking.
2.For a temporary action that may not be actually happening at the time of speaking. 
3.For an action that has already been arranged to take place in the near future.

Examples of Use of The Present Continuous Tense

1. For an action going on at the time of speaking.

  •  She is singing.
  • The boys are playing hockey.

2. For a temporary action that may not be actually happening at the time of speaking.

  • I am reading ‘David Copperfield’ (but I am not reading at this moment).

3. For an action that has already been arranged to take place in the near future.

  • I am going to the cinema tonight.
  •  My uncle is arriving tomorrow.

How to Use Present Continuous Tense?

The point to remember is that the Present Continuous Tense starts with the subject followed by helping verbs or auxiliary verb which consist of is/am/are then it is  followed by the main verbs(which consist of the present participle, i.e. -ing) and finally it ends with an object. The structure of the present continuous tense is given in the table below-

Subject  +

Auxiliary Verb

(is/am/are)

  +

Main Verb is in Present Participle

(-ing)

  +Object
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Present Continuous Tense- FAQs

Ans. According to the Cambridge Dictionary defines the Present Continuous Tense is “the verb form that is used for actions or events that are happening in the current time”. According to Collins Dictionary, the Present Continuous Tense is defined as “a verb form that consists of helping verb in the present tense then it is followed by a present participle and used especially to indicate that a present action or event is in progress, being repeated, or of a temporary nature or to express the future.”

Ans. Some of the examples of Present Continuous tense are- Students are going to school, The girls are playing in the park, Rupali is crying out loud, It is raining now, I am cooking biryani for the lunch, Miss Angela is teaching in the class.

Ans. The rule of Present Continuous tense is, Subject + Helping Verb(am/is/are) + Main verb + ing + the rest of the sentence

Ans. Some of the uses of the Present Continuous Tense are- For an action going on at the time of speaking, For a temporary action that may not be actually happening at the time of speaking, For an action that has already been arranged to take place in the near future.

Ans. The point to remember is that the Present Continuous Tense starts with the subject followed by helping verbs or auxiliary verb which consist of is/am/are then it is followed by the main verbs(which consist of the present participle, i.e. -ing) and finally it ends with an object.

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