Present Continuous/Present Progressive Tense Examples

-Present Continuous Tense/Present Progressive Tense:

Present Continuous Tense (also called the Present Progressive Tense) describes the work/action that is going on right now or will happen in the near future.

How to Form Present Continuous Tense:

Present Continuous Tense/Present Progressive Tense


  • I am reading a book.
  • We are playing cricket.
  • He is singing a song.
  • The children are talking.

-Uses and Examples of Present Continuous Tense:

The main use of the Present Continuous Tense is to describe the work/action that is happening right now, at the time of speaking, and will end soon.


  • Please don’t go to that room. Mark is reading there. 
  • Boys are playing soccer.
  • They are looking at the sky.
  • He is talking.
  • Now it is raining.
  • The baby is crying.
  • Vanessa is cooking food.

-Other uses of the Present Continuous Tense/Present Progressive Tense:

-1. In describing the future plans and arrangements:

The Present Continuous Tense is used to describe an action that will happen in the near future or to describe a plan to be done in the near future.


  • I am getting back in a minute.
  • My father is leaving for New York next month.
  • Where are spending your next summer holidays?
  • He is going to Tokeyo in a day or two.

-2. To express annoyance at repeated actions:

We normally use the Present Indefinite Tense to express repetitive action which does not cause any annoyance for others. But if the action of a person becomes the cause of annoyance for another person/other people, the Present Continuous Tense is used. In this case, according to the meaning. the words like ‘always’, ‘continually’, ‘constantly’, etc. can be used between the auxiliary verb and the main verb.


  • You are always lying to hide the truth.
  • They are always creating problems for me
  • I am gradually getting tired of you
  • Why are they criticizing you?
  • He is always interrupting me.
  • He is always grumbling at their behavior.

Note: This use of Present Continuous Tense is not used in the Negative Form.

-3. To express the changing state or situation:

Present Continuous Tense is used to describe a change in something compared to the past. That is to say, some kind of change can be noticed in some of the descriptions which are considered with the new and previous conditions.


  • It is getting more expensive to buy a new car.
  • People are learning more than before for the use of internet.
  • His stomachache is getting better.
  • These days people are using cell phones instead of land phones.
  • My speaking English is getting better.

When Not to Use the Present Continuous Tense:

The Present Continuous Tense is not used with the Stative verbs. The stative verbs are the verbs that show a state of being instead of showing a changing dynamic action.


  • Incorrect: I am loving him very much.
  • Correct: I love him very much.
  • Incorrect: He is seeing a colorful beautiful on the roof of the building.
  • Correct: He sees a colorful beautiful on the roof of the building.

-Negative form of the Present Continuous Tense:

To make a sentence of the Present Continuous Tense in the negative form, simply add not with ‘am’/’is’/’are’.


  • He is not writing articles.
  • They are not reading books.
  • We are not playing football.

-Question form of the Present Continuous Tense:

To make a sentence of the Present Continuous Tense in the question form, simply use ‘am’/’is’/’are’ before the subject.


  • Are you reading romantic poems?
  • Is he querreling with you?
  • Are they coming to our school?
  • Are they watching soccer on television?

Other Example Sentences of Present Indefinite Tense:

To have a better handle on the Present Continuous Tense/the Present Progressive Tense, go through the following sentence.

  1. You are trying learn English Grammar.
  2. He writing modern poems.
  3. William going to the market.
  4. He is talking on the phone.
  5. Our teacher telling us to practice speaking English.
  6. Are the students playing cricket on the field.
  7. Isn’t he singing a song?
  8. Isn’t he writing a letter?
  9. I am giving him a flower.
  10. He is going to the city next month.
  11. Are you getting back tonight?
  12. He is going to hospital for operation.
  13. The doctor is coming to see my ailing grandfather.
  14. We are going to finish the work very soon.
  15. Is he looking at me?
  16. William is heading for London next month.
  17. The children are walking to the school.
  18. He is always differing with his fellow teachers.
  19. The man is looking very gloomy.
  20. Are you taking the test on English Grammar?

These are all about Uses and Examples of Present Continuous Tense. Practice it to make yourself perfect in the Present Continuous Tense/The Present Progressive Tense.


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