Present Continuous Tense Rules in English – Present Continuous Examples

Present Continuous Tense Rules in English!

Present continuous tense is a tense that denotes an action at present and expresses something continuous.

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Affirmative Sentences

  • Soon after the subject, Put the helping verb is, am, are according to the subject.
  • Then secondly, use the continuous form of verb with ‘ing’.
  • With he, she, it, or singular noun use ‘is’ and with they, we, you, use the helping verb, ‘are’. Use ‘am’ with subject ‘I’.

Rules: Subject + Helping verb + Basic form of verb with ing + object.

Formula:

Subject + Helping verb + basic form of verb +ing + Object
You + are + knitting + sweater
Singular Noun + is + knitting + sweater
They + are + knitting + sweater
We + are + knitting + sweater
I + am + knitting + sweater
It + is + knitting + sweater
She + is + knitting + sweater
He + is + knitting + sweater

Present Continuous Examples (Affirmative sentences)

  • You are learning English.
  • Birds are chirping in the air.
  • Children are playing in the garden
  • Jan is swimming.
  • We are watching the news on T.V.
  • He is playing hockey.
  • I am playing hockey.
  • We are playing hockey.
  • He is writing a letter.
  • He is impressing them.
  • She is knitting the sweater.
  • They are weaving the blanket.

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Present Continuous Tense Rules in English

Negative Sentences

In negative sentences of this tense, put ‘not’ after the suitable helping verb and then first form of verb with ing.

Rules: Subject + Helping verb + not + Basic form of verb with ing + object.

Formula:

Subject + Helping verb + not + Basic form of verb + ing + Object
You + are + not + knitting + sweater
Singular Noun + is + not + knitting + sweater
They + are + not + knitting + sweater
We + are + not + knitting + sweater
I + am + not + knitting + sweater
It + is + not + knitting + sweater
She + is + not + knitting + sweater
He + is + not + knitting + sweater

Present Continuous Examples (Negative sentences)

  • I am not standing.
  • Jan is not reading a book.
  • Jan is not doing the homework.
  • Tailor is not sewing the clothes.
  • Ali is not plucking the flower in the garden.
  • Boys are not plucking flowers.
  • I am not teasing them.
  • I am not diverting the children.
  • I am not boiling the eggs.
  • The carpenters are not making the furniture.

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Present continuous Formula

Interrogative sentences

  • In these sentences put the helping verb is, am, are at the start of the sentence before the subject.
  • Then the first form of the verb with ing is used. At the end of the statement, use the interrogative mark (?).

Rules:  Helping verb + Subject + Basic form of verb with ing + object.

Formula:

Helping verb + Subject + Basic form of verb+ing + Object
You + are + knitting + sweater
Singular Noun + is + knitting + sweater
They + are + knitting + sweater
We + are + knitting + sweater
I + am + knitting + sweater
It + is + knitting + sweater
She + is + knitting + sweater
He + is + knitting + sweater

Present Continuous Examples (Interrogative sentence)

  • Are you going to school regularly?
  • Are the children playing football?
  • Is he taking a bath?
  • Are hens laying eggs?
  • Is he knocking at the door?
  • Are they convincing him?
  • Am I diverting the children?
  • Are they teasing the servant?
  • Am I watching the plants?
  • Is Ali not lulling the child?
  • Are we sowing the rice?

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