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A presentation on the Present Continuous Tense for students who have already studied it before. It is a quick reminder of the most common uses, its form and some spelling rules.

A presentation on the Present Continuous Tense for students who have already studied it before. It is a quick reminder of the most common uses, its form and some spelling rules.

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    The Present Continuous Tense The Present Continuous Tense Presentation Transcript

    • The PresentContinuous Tense Use and form
    • What is she doing?• She is reading a book.
    • What is she doing?• She is crying.
    • What’s he doing?• He’s watching TV.
    • Where’s he going?• He’s going to school.
    • And what are you doing right now?• We are studying English grammar.
    • Use 1• The previous examples show that we use this tense to denote an action happening at the time of speaking (adverbs: now, right now, at the moment)
    • What are they wearing today?• They are wearing T-shirts and mini skirts today.
    • I’d love to see you. Are you busy?• Unfortunately, I’m rather busy. I’m painting my flat this week.
    • Are you having fun this summer?• Not really. I’m working as a waiter. I need some money for college.
    • Use 2• These examples show that the Present Continuous Tense is also used to denote a temporary action happening today or these days.
    • What’s wrong with our planet?• It’s getting warmer.
    • What’ wrong with the air we breathe?• It’s becoming more and more polluted.
    • Use 3• It is also used to express the ongoing changes, especially with verbs such as become, get, grow, change, and with expressions like more and more.
    • • Are you going to the party on Friday?
    • • We’re leaving tomorrow.
    • Use 4• We use it for future arrangements with a time reference.
    • Form – am, are, is + ing form am, is, are + ing form• AffirmativeI am sleeping.He/she/it is sleeping.You/we/they are sleeping.• NegativeI am not (I’m not) singing.He/she/it is not (isn’t) singing.You/we/they are not (aren’t) singing.
    • Form - continued• InterrogativeAm I dreaming?Is he/she/it dreaming?Are you/we/they dreaming?• Short answersYes, I am/he is/we are…No, I’m not/he isn’t/we aren’t…
    • ing form – spelling rules• Most verbs just take –ing with no changes in spelling: watch-watching, clean-cleaning, listen-listening• Verbs ending in –e drop it before –ing: live-living, write-writing• Verbs with short vowels and one consonant double the consonant: run-running, swim-swimming
    • ing form – spelling rules• Verbs ending in –l, double it: travel- travelling, cancel-cancelling• Verbs ending in –ie change it to –y: lie- lying, die-dying