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Present Continuous Tense

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Positive

Subject + am/ is/ are + Verb - ING

She is writing to her grandma now.

Negative

Subject + am/ is/ are + not + Verb – ING

Is not = isn’t

Are not = aren’t

She isn’t writing to her grandma now.

Question

Am/ is/ are + Subject + Verb – ING?

Is she writing to her grandma now?

Usages


  • To talk about things which are happening at the moment of speaking
  • Don’t go out. It’s raining outside now.
  • To talk about things which happen again and again (a complaint)
  • He’s always talking in class.
  • To talk about things which are planned or arranged in the near future
  • I am leaving for London tomorrow.
  • To talk about things which are changing or developing
  • More and more English centers are mushrooming nowadays.

Signal words:


at the moment, now / just now / right now, look, listen

 

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