The present continuous tense

Present continuous tense form


I am writing.
She is writing.
You are writing.


I am not writing.
She is not writing.
You are not writing.


Am I writing?
Is she writing?
Are you writing?

Uses of the present progressive tense

to denote time around now

We use the present progressive to talk about temporary actions and situations that are going on 'around now'.

The present progressive suggests that the action began before the moment of speaking; it is going on at the moment of speaking and will probably go on after the moment of speaking.

developing and changing situations

The present progressive can be used to talk about developing and changing situations.

talking about the future

We often use the present progressive to talk about the future.

physical feelings

Verbs that refer to physical feelings (e.g. hurt, ache, feel) can often be used in simple or progressive tenses without much difference of meaning.

verbs not used in progressive forms

There are some verbs which are never or hardly ever used in progressive forms.

Examples are: believe, love, doubt, hate, suppose, prefer, imagine, realise, understand, know, want remember, wish, like, need etc.

Some other verbs are not used in progressive forms when they have certain meanings.

Examples are: feel (= have an opinion), see (= understand), think (= have an opinion), look (= seem).

Formation of questions and negatives

Affirmative sentences in the present continuous tense can be converted into negative sentences by putting not after be (is, am, are).

Sentences in the present continuous tenses can be converted into questions by putting be before the subject.

Sections in this article

The simple present tense
The present progressive tense
The present perfect tense
The present perfect progressive tense
Present tenses to talk about the future
The simple past tense
The past progressive tense
The past perfect tense
The past perfect progressive tense
Past verb forms with present or future meaning
The simple future tense
The future progressive tense
The future perfect tense
Tenses worksheet for grade 10 CBSE
CBSE class 10 English grammar - sentence completion exercise 1
CBSE class 10 English grammar - sentence completion exercise 2

See also

Common mistakes in the use of nouns
Common mistakes in the use of nouns | Exercise 1
Common mistakes in the use of nouns | Exercise 2
Common mistakes in the use of nouns | Exercise 3

More CBSE English Grammar worksheets

Passive voice worksheet | Simple past tense
Passive voice worksheet | Past continuous tense
Passive voice worksheet | Simple future tense
Passive voice worksheet | Future perfect tense


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