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Negative Form of Present Continuous (Progressive) Tense

How do we make a negative Present Continuous Tense sentence?

Form: Subject + auxiliary verb + not+ main verb-ing  + object

With the subject "I" we use the auxilary verb "am" + not + verb -ing.

  • I am not watching TV.  short form:  I'm not watching TV. 
  • I'm not playing football.
  • I'm not going home.
With the subject "he, she, it and singular nouns (for example: Tom, boy, man, teacher...)" we use the auxilary verb "is" + not + verb -ing.
  • He is not studying English.  short form: He isn't studying English. / He's not studying English
  • She is not going home.
  • It isn't raining.
  • Sally's not running.
  • The man is not speaking.
With the subject "you, we, they and plural nouns (for example: Tom and Ted, boys, men, teachers...)" we use the auxilary verb "are" + not + verb -ing.
  • You are not doing homework.  short form: You aren't doing homework. / You're not doing homework.
  • We are not waiting for you.
  • They are not learning French.
  • Pitt and Sandra are not running.
  • The boys are not playing in the garden.
  • I and Sally are not studying.

Negative Structure Table




am not




watching TV

studying English


Short Form

I'm not




The boys

Tom and Ted

are not

You aren't

We aren't

They aren't





The teacher

is not

He isn't

She isn't

It isn't

Example Sentences:

  • I am not reading my grammar book now.
  • The babies aren't crying. 
  • My father and mother aren't drinking coffee.
  • We aren't watching a tennis match now.
  • She isn't listening to me.
  • He isn't working.
  • Robin isn't smiling.
  • They aren't sleeping.
  • You aren't telling me right.

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Other Lessons on Present Continuous
Other Exercises on Present Continuous
Positive form   Negative Form    Question Form  Contractions (short forms) Uses and functions   Time Expressions   Example Sentences
Wh Questions  Spelling Rules  Yes - No Questions    Simple Present & Present Continuous   Non-continuous Verbs   Both Continuous and Non-continuous Verbs
Negative Form -1   Negative Form -2  Negatives -3  Question Form 1
Question Form 2  Spelling Test  Positive Form -1   Positive form -2
Positive Form -3   Wh - questions 1  Wh - questions -2  Yes - No Questions  Quiz  Simple Present or Present Continuous -1  Simple Present or Present Continuous -2  Simple Present or Present Continuous -3  Present progressive or simple present -4  Stative Verbs

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