The present continuous is used to talk about what is happening at the moment, as well as for future scheduled events and takes the following forms:
Present Continuous Positive Form Review
Subject + to be (am, are, is) + present participle (ing form of verb) + objects
Peter's working in the garden at the moment.
We're meeting Tom at five o'clock.
Present Continuous Negative Form
Subject + to be (am, are, is) + not + verb + objects
Mary isn't watching TV now. She's outside.
They aren't working at the moment. They're on a break.
Present Continuous Question Form
(Question Word) + to be (am, are, is) + subject + present participle (ing form of verb)?
What are you doing?
Where is Tim hiding?
The present continuous, and continuous forms in general, are used with action verbs such as talk, drive, play, etc. The continuous form is not used with stative verbs such as 'be', 'seem', 'taste', etc. Some stative verbs can be used as action verbs so there are some exceptions. For example: 'smell' - It smells good. (stative verb) / He is smelling the roses. (action verb)
He seems happy.
This tastes very sweet.
It doesn't appear to be difficult.
Time Expressions with Present Continuous for Present Action
Now / At the Moment
'Now' and 'at the moment' refer to the moment of speaking. These two expressions are often used with the present continuous. It's also possible to use the present continuous without these time expressions to mean the same thing based on the context of the situation.
She's taking a shower at the moment.
We're having dinner now.
Daren is studying for the test.
Currently / This Week - Month / Today
'Currently', 'this week / month' and 'today' are used to speak about what is happening around the present moment. These forms are often used in work to speak about a project in progress.
Jason's taking the day off today.
They're working on the Smith account.
Are you developing plans for the new project?
Time Expressions with Present Continuous for Future Scheduled Action
Next / On / At
The present continuous is also used for planned events in the future such as meetings. Use future time expressions in this case:
Next - with week and month
On - with days of the week
At - with specific times
Present Continuous Worksheet 1
Conjugate the verb in parentheses in the present continuous tense. In the case of questions, use the indicated subject as well.
- Alexander _____ (study) for his exams at the moment.
- Where _____ (you meet) Tim next week?
- She _____ (not play) Golf tomorrow.
- They _____ (make) dinner now.
- The company (not finish) the plans this week.
- She _____ (eat) oysters for lunch right now.
- David _____ (not fly) to Chicago next week.
- I _____ (work) on a special report today.
- We _____ (not cook) dinner this evening because we're eating out.
- _____ (Tom drive) to work right now?
- Alice _____ (read) a new book at the moment.
- They _____ (not prepare) for the science exam at the moment.
- When _____ (you have) lunch tomorrow?
- We _____ (joke)!
- _____ (they give) a party this weekend?
- Susan _____ (make) the decision at 3 o'clock this afternoon.
- People _____ (play) tennis golf on a beautiful day like this!
- What _____ (you do)?!
- He _____ (bake) a cake at the moment.
- Which motel _____ (they stay) at now?
Present Continuous Worksheet 2
Choose the correct time expression used with the present continuous tense.
- They are cooking dinner (on the moment / now).
- The company is preparing a report for their most important client (last / this) week.
- My sister is studying for a test (at the moment / in the moment).
- We're meeting Brian (on / at) three o'clock.
- (Currently / Current) we're working on the Anderson account.
- They aren't coming for dinner (this / at) evening.
- Susan is playing tennis with Tim (now / then).
- What are you doing (this / next) afternoon?
- They're enjoying dinner (at / next) the moment.
- What are you doing (tomorrow / yesterday) afternoon?
- Henry is making the presentation (at / on) Wednesday.
- Our teacher is helping us with grammar (that / this) morning.
- My dog is barking (at the moment / in the moment).
- We're finishing the report (today / yesterday).
- The clock is striking twelve o'clock right (now / soon). It's time to go!
- Frank is flying to Chicago (this / that) morning.
- We're reading that book (at the moment / on the moment).
- Thomas is presenting at the meeting (on / in) April.
- She's mowing the lawn (now / moment).
- They're developing a new product (this / last) month.
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