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Form:

[am/is/are + present participle (verb + ing)]

 

Uses:

The Present Continuous is used to express:

1. An activity that is happening now.

    • Don’t turn the TV off, I’m watching it.
    • You can’t speak to Lisa, she’s having a bath.

 

 2. An activity that is true now, but not necessarily happening at the moment of speaking.

   • Don’t take that book, Jane is reading it
   • She is looking for a new job these days

 

 3. A temporary activity

   • Peter is a student, but he is working as a waiter during his holidays.
   • I am living with friends until I find a place of my own.

 

 4. A planned future arrangement.

   • I am meeting some friends after work.
   • They are moving into their new house next week

 

 5. An annoying habit (something happens too often and we do not like it)

   • You are always losing your glasses.
   • He is constantly missing the plane.

 

 

 

 

 

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