Part B. The Present Continuous Tense
Continuous tenses express a temporary condition of time and events happening over a period of time.
A continuous tense can describe actions taking only a few minutes, or actions that last many years.
Time expressions that are often used with the present continuous tense:
- at the moment
- right now
Exercise 3: Write in two examples of your own, using the present continuous.
- Actions happening now:
I am now sitting at the computer making a Skype call.
I am talking to my friend on the phone.
I am making tea.
- Actions over a period of time:
I am still studying at the university.
I am studying English at English Time.
I am writing a report on the life and times of the Ottomans.
- Arrangements in the future*:
We are meeting with friends after work.
I am submitting my Psychology thesis to my faculty advisor next month.
We are planning to go to Efes in a fortnight.
*Note that this form involves arrangements between people. It cannot be used for events that people cannot control, nor for those which are vague. Again, a time expression is used.