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B8 Present Continuous

Lesson Eight

The Present Continuous Tense

S + (be) + _____ing

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We are learning


You are learning
He is learning
She is learning
It is learning
They are learning

You are learning English right now.

He is learning English at school.

They are learning English.

The Present Continuous Tense usually describes things that are happening now, but it can also be used to describe important things in your life, and future activity.

Do not confuse the present continuous tense with the “going to” future or with gerunds.

Notice the use of contractions in the examples below.

Contraction: Subject + (be).

Example: He + is = He’s

The Present Continuous Tense


I am eating.


I’m eating


You are eating.


You’re eating.


He is eating.


He’s eating.


She is eating.


She’s eating.


It is eating.


It’s eating.


We are eating.


We’re eating.

(You + I = We)




You are eating.


You’re eating.

You (plural)


They are eating.


They’re eating.

This man is eating soup.

She is winking at you.

This boy is getting some cotton candy.

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Next: Lesson Eight, Part II
Making Questions in the Present Continuous Tense

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