USE 2 Longer Actions in Progress Now
In English, "now" can mean: this second, today, this month, this year, this century, and so on. Sometimes, we use the Present Continuous to say that we are in the process of doing a longer action which is in progress; however, we might not be doing it at this exact second.
Examples: (All of these sentences can be said while eating dinner in a restaurant.)
- I am studying to become a doctor.
- I am not studying to become a dentist.
- I am reading the book Tom Sawyer.
- I am not reading any books right now.
- Are you working on any special projects at work?
- Aren't you teaching at the university now?
USE 3 Near Future
Sometimes, speakers use the Present Continuous to indicate that something will or will not happen in the near future.
- I am meeting some friends after work.
- I am not going to the party tonight.
- Is he visiting his parents next weekend?
- Isn't he coming with us tonight?
USE 4 Repetition and Irritation with "Always"
The Present Continuous
with words such as "always" or "constantly" expresses the
idea that something irritating or shocking often happens. Notice that the
meaning is like Simple Present, but with negative emotion. Remember to put the
words "always" or "constantly" between "be" and
She is always coming to class late.
He is constantly talking. I wish he would shut up.
I don't like them because they are always complaining.
Verbs/ Mixed Verbs
It is important to
remember that Non-Continuous Verbs cannot be used in any continuous tenses.
Also, certain non-continuous meanings for Mixed Verbscannot be used in continuous tenses. Instead of using Present
Continuous with these verbs, you must use Simple Present.
- She is loving this chocolate ice cream. Not Correct
- She loves this chocolate ice cream. Correct
The examples below show the placement for grammar adverbs such as: always, only, never, ever, still, just, etc.
- You are still watching TV.
- Are you still watching TV?
ACTIVE / PASSIVE
- Right now, Tom is writing the letter. Active
- Right now, the letter is being written by Tom. Passive