Present continuous

The present continuous tense, sometimes also called the present progressive tense, is used for speaking about things that are happening now và are still in progress. The action started in the past, continues to lớn the present và will probably continue into the near future. Since this tense is closely tied to what happens around now, it is often used lớn describe temporary or unfinished actions. The present continuous is formed by using the verb “to be” in the present tense, together with the main verb ending in “-ing.” This size of the verb is also called the present participle.

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He understands what you mean

NOT He is understanding…

I believe sầu in Santa Claus

NOT I am believing…

Today I want lớn try that new restaurant

NOT I am wanting….

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Present continuous VS Present simple?

In summary, we use the present continuous tense for things happening at or around the time of speaking. The action is unfinished/ still in progress & is usually short-term/ temporary. While the present simple tense is used lớn describe things in general or things that happen repeatedly. Compare the timelines below for the verb “drive” in both tenses:

Present continuous

   

Present simple

TOM DRIVES >–>

When we use the present continuous we know tom is driving right now, he started in the past and hasn’t finished. When we use the present simple we underst& that, in general, Tom is able to drive sầu all the time and that he drives regularly.

We hope you found this article useful & that your understanding of how to use the present continuous tense is clearer. As this is a very comtháng tense we find it in media all around us. Cheông chồng out the following songs that use the present continuous và let us know in the comments below if you can think of anymore!

Dolly Parton – 9 To 5

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQCAlfie1R8

Billy Idol – Dancing With Myself

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCCQu5ozxuM

Imagine Dragons – Radioactive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIW_Ca8OWTo

For other examples of grammar explained in pictures, kiểm tra out our GRAMMAR INDEX here.