Continuous Forms of English Tenses

Continuous Forms of English Tenses :

In addition to the simple present, past, and future, English has a progressive and a perfect aspect relaying how an action or mood is experienced or viewed by the speaker.

The Progressive Aspect, sometimes called the continuous aspect, describes something in progress at the time of the verb’s action.

Note that English today uses YOU to refer to one or more than one person.

Sometimes you may find archaic second person singular form THOU instead of YOU. The THOU form is then followed by the old form of the verb.

The Present Progressive (Pres. Prog.) is an action still going on in the present.

The Present Progressive Active is formed by combining the present tense form of the verb BE with the present participle.

1. I am reading.
2. We are thinking.
3. You are thinking.
4. They are thinking.
5. He is riding.
6. She is driving.
7. It is snowing.

The Present Progressive Passive combines am being, are being or is being with the passive participle.

1. I am being driven.
2. We are being sent.
3. You are being sent.
4. They are being sent.
5. She is being tested.


  1. Tenses in English Grammar
  2. Main Tenses
  3. Different Forms of Tenses
  4. Twelve Tenses in English
  5. Simple Present Tense
  6. Simple Past Tense
  7. Simple Future Tense
  8. Present Continuous Tense (Present Progressive Tense)
  9. Past Continuous Tense (Past Progressive Tense)
  10. Future Continuous Tense (Future Progressive Tense)
  11. Present Perfect Tense
  12. Past Perfect Tense
  13. Future Perfect Tense
  14. Present Perfect Continuous Tense (Present Perfect Progressive)
  15. Past Perfect Continuous Tense (Past Perfect Progressive)
  16. Future Perfect Continuous Tense (Future Perfect Progressive)
  17. Forms of The Tenses and Indicative Mood
  18. Tenses and Active Voice
  19. Tenses and Passive Voice
  20. Sequence of Tenses
  21. Tenses
  22. Tenses in English
  23. The Three Perfect Tenses
  24. The Progressive Perfect Tenses

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