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