Present Continuous Tense



Present Continuous Tense :



We use the present continuous tense to express an event that is taking place or happening now.

1. You are now seeing me.
2. We are walking.
3. He is singing.
4. They are playing in the ground.

We use this tense to express an event that is taking place in the near future.

1. My daughter is graduating from the university next week.
2. Your brothers are getting married tomorrow.
3. Our colleges are playing with each other next month.
4. He is contesting the election in MMNS Party.

We use this tense to express an event that is taking place temporarily.

1. He is looking for a good job.
2. We are living in the out-house temporarily.
3. They are demanding more money for this project.
4. He is getting irritated by your approach.

We often use the expressions for the time being which means temporarily with the present continuous tense. The expression may occur at the end of a sentence or at the beginning.

1. She is working in an office for the time being.
2. She is looking for a good bank job.
3. For the time being, I am living in this apartment.
4. I am now looking for a separate house.

(3) The present continuous tense is used for a temporary action which may not be actually happening at the time of speaking.

1. I am reading 'Discovery of India.' (But I am not reading at the moment.)

2. We are preparing for the forthcoming exams. (But, now we are not.)

3. He is getting ready to go to USA for his higher studies.

4. They are making it a big issue to win this election.

(4) The present continuous tense is used for an action that is planned or arranged to take place in the near future.

1. I am going to Chennai tomorrow.
2. My aunt is arriving this week.
3. What are you doing this evening?
4. This dog is barking since morning.

(5) We sometimes use the present continuous in a more general way to talk about something that may be going on any time.

1. I don't like to be disturbed if I am working.
2. You look lovely when you are smiling.
3. He makes it beautiful when he is going with her mother.
4. They are joyful when they are playing among themselves.

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