Present Continuous Tense Rules with examples: All the continuous actions come into the categories of Present Continuous Tense. There are few rules with the help of which you can identify Present Continuous Tense easily. Mainly the formula used in present continuous tense is written as following.

Basic Rule for Present Continuous Tense

Present Continuous Tense RulesSubject +is/am/are (Helping Verb) +1ST Verb+ Ing+ Object

  • Is –> (He, She, It, any Name, Singular noun)
  • Am –> I
  • Are –> (We, They, You, Plural Noun)

For example

  • Sam is working from last two days.
  • These boys are sitting on the chair.

In both the examples the action is in the form of progress. In first example Sam is the subject who is doing some work from last two days, is is an auxiliary verb and work is the main (base) verb. In the second example boys are the subject who are sitting on the chairs, are is an auxiliary verb and sit is the main (base) verb.

Rules of Present Continuous Tense

  • Now
  • Long term actions
  • Near Coming Future
  • Repeated action with the use of always

Lets us discuss them all with the help of examples.

Now (at that time)

When you have to express that something is happening now then present continuous tense is used.

For example

  • Jully is coming here now.
  • Are you bathing Max?
  • Where are you going now?
  • Is she coming with you?         

Long term actions

Any long term actions which are being proceed now. In English grammar, we can use the word “NOW” for this second, today, this month, and this year. So we can use present continuous tense for linger term actions too.

For example

  • I am studying to become an Engineer.
  • Is she working on any new project?
  • Are you teaching in UK now?
  • Shelly is studying the book Clinton.

Near Coming Future

Sometimes, we use present continuous tense when any thing is going to happen in the near future.

For example

  • I am going to blast the dance floor tonight.
  • We are visiting Nigeria next month.
  • Are you going to the college tomorrow?
  • I am catching you after work.

Repeated action with the use of always

There are few situations when you get irritated with someone’s repeated action.

In these kinds of sentences we use simple present tense and we use always and constantly words usually.

For example

  • Steve is always coming late to the school.
  • You are constantly cheating her.
  • She is always complaining about others.

Few More rules about using ING at the end of verb

If the verb ends with e, remove it by adding ing at the end of verb

Come +ing=Coming

Make +ing =Making

Change +ing =changing

Advise +ing =Advising

Have +ing =Having

If the verb ends with ie, then ie becomes y by adding ing at the end of verb

Die +ing=Dying

Lie +ing=lying

Tie +ing=tying

If the verb ends with any word (Excepting w, r, y) and there is a vowel before it then we write the last word two time by adding ing

Run +ing=Running

Put +ing=Putting

Beg +ing=Begging

Bid +ing=Bidding

Set +ing=Setting

I hope you have enjoyed this article and get what you wanted. So these are the rules for present continuous tense with examples. If you feel any problem regarding this topic then comment below so that we can solve out your problems.

Also Read

Simple Present Tense

Present Continuous Tense

Present Perfect Tense

Present Perfect Continuous Tense

Simple Past Tense

Past Continuous Tense

Past Perfect Tense

Past Perfect Continuous Tense

Simple Future Tense

Future Continuous Tense

Future Perfect Tense

Future Perfect Continuous Tense