Present Continuous Tense (Present Progressive): Meaning, Usage-Class 4
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Present Continuous Tense

Present Continuous Tense for Class 4 English

In this concept, students will learn about the usage of present continuous tense along with examples. They will also study the present continuous tense rules that must be followed while using this topic.

In this learning concept, the students will learn:

  • To identify present continuous tense in sentences.
  • Form sentences using this tense.
  • Exceptions to the rules.

Every concept is taught to class 4 English students with the help of examples, illustrations, and concept maps. Assess your understanding by solving the two printable present continuous tense worksheets given at the end of the page.

Download the worksheets and check your answers with the worksheet solutions for the concept Present Continuous Tense provided in PDF format.

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.


Present continuous tense examples
Present continuous tense examples

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’.
  • Present continuous tense form
  • 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

Present Continuous Tense Rules

  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


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


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
Present continuous tense chart
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