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  • Welcome to English grammar spot. This lesson is about the present continuous.

  • I am going to show you how to form a present continuous,

  • and when to use a present continuous.

  • But before we get started, it's good to know how to conjugate the verb 'to be'.

  • The singular forms are:

  • I am

  • you are

  • he is

  • she is it is.

  • Plural forms are:

  • we are

  • you are

  • they are.

  • It's also good to know that when i say a vowel, I mean a, e, i, o, u.

  • When I say a consonant,

  • I mean all the other letters of the alphabet.

  • Now let's get started.

  • Look at these sentences:

  • I am talking on the phone.

  • We are cooking dinner.

  • Both these sentences are in the present continuous tense.

  • How to form a present continuous.

  • First and foremost we need the auxiliary verb 'to be'.

  • The infinitive form of the verb and 'ing.'

  • Take a look at the examples:

  • I am working late.

  • You are talking too fast.

  • He is watching television.

  • She is walking to school.

  • It is raining.

  • For the plural forms we do exactly the same.

  • We are singing a song.

  • You are doing your homework.

  • They are looking for a hotel.

  • Now we need to pay extra attention to verbs ending in an 'e'.

  • Such as take and make.

  • These verbs

  • drop their 'e'.

  • Take a look at the examples:

  • I am taking the bus to school.

  • He is making dinner.

  • We also need to pay attention to vebs that have one syllable

  • end in a consonant and are preceded by a vowel,

  • because they double the consonant.

  • For example

  • these verbs are sit,

  • get and run.

  • Take a look at these sentences:

  • I'm sitting outside.

  • You are running fast.

  • It is getting late.

  • We are letting ourselves go.

  • They are swimming in the river.

  • Please note:

  • that these verbs have doubled their consonant.

  • Now let's have a look at the present continuous in questions.

  • We need the auxiliary verb 'to be'.

  • a verb,

  • and 'ing'. For example:

  • Am I getting close?

  • Are you running late?

  • Is she taking a bus? Is she playing tennis?

  • Is it snowing?

  • For the plural forms:

  • Are we going in the right direction?

  • Are you arriving by ferry?

  • Are they eating their lunch?

  • Let's have a look at the present continuous in negations.

  • Again we use the auxiliary verb 'to be'.

  • and we add not.

  • The infinitive form of the verb and 'ing'.

  • I'm not waiting for you.

  • You aren't looking for me.

  • He isn't sleeping late.

  • She isn't talking on the phone.

  • It isn't freezing.

  • For the plural forms we do the same:

  • We aren't putting up a tent.

  • You aren't speaking at the same time.

  • They aren't cutting paper.

  • Now we are going to take a closer look at when to use a present continuous.

  • We use the present continuous for things that are happening right now.

  • So if you look around you or maybe out of your window, you see all kinds of things going on.

  • Examples are: I'm watching television at the moment.

  • It is raining right now.

  • Look, they are swimming in the river.

  • We also use the present continuous for plans in the near future.

  • For example: I am flying to Dubai next week.

  • He is meeting her at the airport in an hour.

  • Are they moving this weekend?

  • I thank you for your attention.

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Welcome to English grammar spot. This lesson is about the present continuous.

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