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Present Continuous Tense - When and How to use the Present Continuous Tense:
We use the Present Continuous Tense
when we are in the middle of doing something. We often say ‘now’, ‘ at the moment’, ‘right now’.
'What are you doing? '‘I’m doing some workout '
I'm doing the washing up at the moment.
when something is happening for a limited period of time, just a temporary thing and perhaps it’s not happening at this very moment but it is happening around the time of speaking:
Susan’s working on the Advertising department this month.
'I’m reading such an interesting book about Queen Victoria. would you like it when I finish?'
And finally, there’s a funny usage of present continuous. We must use it when something happens again and again, repeatedly and it’s irritating or annoying, something like:
My husband is always leaving his used coffee mug on his desk. - (normally we use the present simple with habitual actions)
Susan is always listening the music loudly.
What is the structure?
It’s a continuous verb structure so we use ‘to be’ in present plus the Verb with an ‘ing’ at the end.
am / is / are + verb + ing
In questions and negatives:
'Is Gina working this week?' 'No, she is off sick.'
I have my exam period this week. I'm not sleeping much as I'm studying day and night.
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