Part B. The Present Continuous Tense

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:

  • now
  • at the moment
  • right now
  • still

 

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.