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  • Quack, quack. Hi, my name's Ronnie, and I'm going to go over some grammar with you.

  • Do you hate grammar as much as I do? Oh, it's so confusing. I really, really, really love

  • teaching, but I really hate grammar. But I want to make it easy for you, so I found a

  • new trick. Yes! Check this out. Tricks by Ronnie. Ronnie's turning tricks. [Laughs]

  • We're going to do a little review to help you always get this continuous or progressive

  • tense malarkey down pat. There is one method or one trick that's really cool. Ready?

  • Meow. The answer is verb+ing. So, I want you to remember one thing from this lesson. In

  • English, as soon as you have something that's continuous or progressive, which is exactly

  • the same... Sometimes your textbook will say "continuous", some textbooks or some people

  • will say "progressive". It's exactly the same. But what you have to know and the cool trick

  • is that as soon as you have continuous or progressive, all this means is somewhere in

  • the magic of the sentence there's going to be verb+ing. Cool. So, present continuous,

  • past continuous, future continuous, somewhere in these sentences, you're going to have a

  • verb+ing. The more you study grammar, you get into past perfect continuous. Oh.

  • Present perfect continuous. Don't worry about those right now, but just remember that whatever

  • you have in progressive or continuous is going to have verbing somewhere in the sentence.

  • So let's just go through the easy parts. We're going to start, as we should, with the present

  • tense. So present continuous or present progressive is the subject, plus, in this sentence, because

  • it's present tense, we're going to have the present tense of the verb "to be". So: "is",

  • "am", "are" makes this present, "is", "am", "are". Negative: "isn't", "am not", or "aren't".

  • Plus your continuous verbing. So, present continuous is subject plus "is", "am", "are",

  • and your magic verbing. Cool. As an example... [Makes noises] I am watching you. Or you are

  • watching me, aren't you? Yeah, you're watching me, but I'm watching you. "I am watching"

  • you. "She is learning.", "They are listening." So, this is our example of "am", "is", "are",

  • plus verbing. Negative example: "He isn't sleeping." Are you sleeping? Wake up. Come

  • on. He isn't sleeping. You're not sleeping. Good. When we use this grammar, we have subject

  • plus the verb "to be", plus our magic verbing. We use present continuous for actions that

  • are only happening right now at the moment. You cannot use this at any other point. You

  • cannot say: "Yesterday, I am eating." Oh, Ronnie confused. Yesterday, yesterday, yesterday,

  • yesterday. Ah, haha: "was eating" is good because this is past continuous.

  • So this is where, and probably the first and only time in your life, grammar's going to

  • make sense. If present continuous or present progressive is the verb "to be" plus verbing,

  • the only thing that we're going to change to make it past is we're going to change the

  • verb "to be" into the past tense, which is "was" or "were". So to change it from present

  • continuous to past continuous, you're just changing "to be" verb. And then, of course,

  • you're going to add the verbing, because this is our magic. For example: "He was walking..."

  • He was walking down the street. Usually, when we use past continuous or past progressive,

  • we use it for telling a story.

  • So, if you want to tell your friend about something really

  • crazy that happened yesterday: "We were talking, and all of a sudden, a giant panda bear came

  • out and gave us a kiss." Yeah, good story, buddy. "I wasn't talking to him..." This is

  • an example of the negative. So, you can use "was", "wasn't", "were", or "weren't". Remember:

  • "He was", "We were", "I wasn't". Be careful with your subject and your verb agreement.

  • This is really important in all of the grammar.

  • So, present perfect is present of "to be" plus verbing. Past perfect is "was", "were",

  • plus verbing. Oh, cool. So what do you think future continuous would be, or future progressive?

  • We're going to have the subject, plus "will be", or if it's negative, we're going to use

  • "won't be", then the magic, the point is you're going to have verbing. With this one also,

  • it's very important that we put in a time marker. So, we use future continuous or future

  • progressive to talk about some plans in the future, and it's very important that we include

  • when the action happened or that there's a time marker. So: "We will be eating pizza

  • at 9 tonight." Delicious. Ronnie loves pizza. Do you want to buy me some pizza? Hungry.

  • Mm, I like Hawaiian; I like the pineapple and the ham, or the bacon. What's your favourite

  • kind of pizza? Will you be eating pizza tonight? Oh: "He won't be leaving on Monday." So, we

  • have the subject. In this one, we have the future simple hiding here: "will" or "won't".

  • Oh, hey, there's our verbing and our "be" verb. So, the only thing that changes here

  • is we've added the modal of "will" or "won't", and we've got "be" plus verb+ing. Again, it's

  • really important to never change the "be". You cannot say: "She will am going". You can

  • never change the "be" verb, here. The thing that agrees with the subject is going to be

  • the modal "will". So: "We will be eating", "He won't be leaving".

  • This is the trick: As soon as you see something that's continuous or progressive, you always

  • have to put a verb+ing somewhere in the sentence. Present is the present of the verb "to be"

  • plus verbing, past is "was" or "were" plus verbing, and the future

  • is "will" or "won't be" plus verbing.

  • What will you be doing on your vacation when you come to Toronto? Do you want to meet me?

  • I've got some information coming up for you on how you can hang out with me

  • in the great city of Toronto.

  • Till then, adios.

Quack, quack. Hi, my name's Ronnie, and I'm going to go over some grammar with you.

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