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Present Continuous



The present continuous verb tense describes present actions happening at the moment of writing or a future plan.


Wally is fishing right now.


The present continuous --

  • describes an action happening at the moment of speaking.
  • describes a continuing present action.
  • describes an event that will happen at a specific time in the future.
  • does not describe habitual actions in the present.
  • has the form be + verb -ing.
  • has subject + verb agreement. For example: I am fishing. He is fishing. They are fishing.
  • cannot be used with stative (non-action) verbs such as: be, believe, belong, forget, hear, know, like, love, mean, need, prefer, realize, remember, see, seem understand, want.
  • uses "not" to make negative sentences.
  • has question forms.

Related Sections

Past Continuous
Present Simple