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  The Present Continuous (Progressive) Tense - Use and function

Usages and Example Sentences:

Use 1
We use The Present Continuous (Progressive) Tense when we want to to express the idea that something is happening now, at this very moment. "Now, right now, at present, presently, for the time being, currently, at the moment, at the present, nowadays,  this year " are common time expressions used with this tense.

  • You are learning English now.
  • We're watching TV right now.
  • At present my father is working abroad.
  • He is presently studying in Istanbul.
  • We're using my old computer for the time being
  • The Director is currently having talks in the USA
  • She's not waiting here at the moment
  • Charles is taking three courses this year / this term.
  • Car prices are getting higher nowadays /these days.
Use 2
Sometimes, we use the Present Continuous Tense to show that something will or will not happen in the near future. "Tomorrow, tonight, next week, next year"  are common time expressions used with future meaning.
  • I am not going to the party tonight.
  • Is he visiting his parents next weekend?
  • They are flying to Paris next week.
  • Tom is starting a new job on Friday.
  • My dad is retiring in June.
Use 3
When we use this tense with adverbs "always", "continuously" or "constantly", we mean a kind of complaining, irritation or shocking situation. Something which happens again and again.
  • She is always coming to class late.
  • I don't think Daniel can lose weight. He is always eating something.
  • He is constantly talking. I wish he would shut up.
  • I don't like them because they are always complaining.
  • He's continuously changing his mind.
  • Nobody likes Ann at school since she is always having arguments with other students
Use 4

We use the tense for longer actions in progress now. These actions may be slowly changing.

  • I am studying hard to be become an engineer.
  • We aren't doing any job nowadays.
  • Economically the country is improving steadily these past ten years.
  • Her health is improving rapidly.
  • Petroleum prices are rising these days.
Use 5
We can also use the Present Progressive Tense for habits, but they may or not be temporary or new habits.

  • She is smoking a lot these days.
  • We are studying our lessons every night.
  • The kids are watching TV every day.
Use 6
Another use is for certain future plans, arrangements
  • We are meeting my aunt tomorrow.
  • She is going to the beach at the weekend.
  • The workers are leaving at 6.
Use 7
New trends, popularities, likes

  • More and more people are using their iphones nowadays.
  • The kids are playing games on their tablet computers.

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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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