Present Continuous Use

(Also called the present progressive tense)

Read about how to make the present continuous tense here.
Download this explanation in PDF here.

Present Continuous Infographic Present Uses
1: First, we use the present continuous for things that are happening at the moment of speaking. These things usually last for quite a short time and they are not finished when we are talking about them. 2: We can also use this tense for other kinds of temporary situations, even if the action isn't happening at this moment. Compare this with the present simple, which is used for permanent situations that we feel will continue for a long time. 3: We can use the present continuous for temporary or new habits (for normal habits that continue for a long time, we use the present simple). We often use this with expressions like 'these days' or 'at the moment'. 4: Another present continuous use is for habits that are not regular, but that happen very often. In this case we usually use an adverb like 'always', 'forever' or 'constantly'. Often, we use the present continuous in this way to talk about an annoying habit. Future Uses
5: The next use is for definite future arrangements (with a future time word). In this case we have already made a plan and we are pretty sure that the event will happen in the future. We can't use this tense (or any other continuous tense) with stative verbs.

Read more about the difference between the present simple and the present continuous here.)
Try some exercises about the present continuous here.

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