Lesson Eight

The Present Continuous Tense

S + (be) + _____ing

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Singular
Plural
I

am

learning
We are learning
You

are

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

write

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

teacher

 

You are eating.

 

You’re eating.

woman eating food

 

He is eating.

 

He’s eating.

boy

 

She is eating.

 

She’s eating.

gir

 

It is eating.

 

It’s eating.

cat

 

We are eating.

 

We’re eating.

(You + I = We)

 teacher I

woman eating foodyou

 

You are eating.

 

You’re eating.

couple

You (plural)

 

They are eating.

 

They’re eating.

children

This man is eating soup.

eating soup

She is winking at you.

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This boy is getting some cotton candy.

cotton candy

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Next: Lesson Eight, Part II

Making Questions in the Present Continuous Tense