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Concept: Present Continuous Tense

Definition

  • Verbs in a sentence refer to the action or the state of being.
  • Tense is used in sentences to know the time when an action took place. It also tells us whether the action is completed or is still going on.

Here, let’s focus on the present continuous tense.

What is Present Continuous Tense?

Present continuous tense refers to an action that is continuous and that takes place in the present.

Example:

Boy
Boy

How to Form a Present Continuous Tense?

  • In the present continuous tense, the format consists of a subject, an auxiliary verb, followed by the present participle of the verb.
  • The present participle is the form of a verb that has the suffix ‘ing’.
  • Boy
  • However, the auxiliary verb will change according to the subject you use in the sentence.
Subject Verb Present participle
I Am (verb +ing)
You Are
He /she /it (or singular noun ) Is
We Are
You Are
They Are

Rules of Present Continuous Tense

  1. If the verb ends in ‘e’, then remove the ‘e’ and add ‘ing’ while making it into the present continuous tense.
  2. Example:

    Verb Present participle
    Drive Driving
    Serve Serving
    Change Changing
  3. If the verb ends in ‘ie’, then change it into ‘y’ and add ‘ing’ while making it into the present continuous tense.
  4. Example:

    Verb Present participle
    Die Dyeing
    Lie Lying

Exceptions

There are some verbs that do not take the continuous form. These verbs tell us about the state instead of the action.

Example:

This includes feelings: hate, like, want, wish etc.

Senses: appear, feel, hear, see, seem, smell, sound, taste etc.

Incorrect and Correct Usage:

  • I want tea.
  • I am wanting tea
Boy
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