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Present Continuous Exercise

Before doing the exercise, let’s review the present continuous tense.

Grammar Rules


The present continuous tense, also known as the present progressive tense, is used to talk about actions or events that are happening right now or around now. It can also be used to talk about things that are happening temporarily or repeatedly around the present time.


Here’s how to form the present continuous tense:

Subject + be (am, is, are) + verb-ing  

                            I am

        He / She / It is

We / You / They are

For example:

  • I am eating right now.
  • She is working right now.
  • They are playing right now.
  • We are going to the park.(meaning: temporarily)
  • He is always complaining.(meaning: repeatedly)


To negate present continuous verbs, we simply add not (n’t) after the verb be.

  • I am not eating right now.
  • She is not working right now.
  • They aren’t playing right now.
  • We are not going to the park.


We make questions in the present continuous tense by shifting the order of the subject and the verb be.

  • Are you eating now?
  • Is she working right now?
  • Are they playing right now?
  • Are you going to the park?
  • Is he always complaining?

Spelling Notes:

1. If the verb ends with a final e, we omit the e before we add -ing.

  • write – writing
  • drive – driving
  • give – giving


  • be – being
  • see – seeing
  • die – dying

2. If the verb ends in one vowel and one consonant and the last syllable is stressed, we double the final consonant before we add -ing.

  • stop – stopping
  • run – running
  • swim – swimming
  • forget  – forgetting
  • commit – committing

BUT if the stress is not on the final syllable, we do not double the last letter.

  • cover – covering
  • remember – remembering

3. If the verb ends in the letter l, we double the l before adding -ing.

  • control – controlling
  • travel – travelling (American traveling)


We use the present continuous tense to express:

1. actions that are happening at the time of speaking (now, right now) 

  • I am cooking dinner.
  • She’s watching TV right now.
  • They are playing in the garden.
  • Listen! Someone is screaming.

2. temporary actions that are happening during a specific period of time (this week, this month)

  • We are staying at a hotel this week.
  • I’m taking a course in Spanish this semester.
  • My aunt is living with us at the moment.

3. actions that show development or change of a state

  • Prices are rising.
  • Your English is improving.
  • More people are using social media these days.
  • Dian is getting better.

4. future plans and arrangements

  • I am meeting a friend for lunch later today.
  • The train is arriving at 10 p.m.

5. unplanned repeated actions; we usually use adverbs like alwaysconstantlycontinually and forever. The actions are not wanted (or annoying)

  • The baby is always crying.
  • She’s always asking for extra money.
  • My son is constantly spilling things.


We use the present continuous tense with action verbs, not stative verbs. Stative verbs describe states of being, such as know, believe, want, have, need, etc. We usually use the simple present tense with stative verbs.

Time to practice!

Complete the following sentences with the present continuous form of the verbs given.

1. I tea now. (drink)

2. Look ! The plane . (land)

3. We for an important email. (wait)

4. She at home today. (not/work)

5. My sister and I a horror movie tonight. (watch)

6. in the same hotel? (you/stay)

7. Listen! The baby . (cry)

8. The session soon. (start)

9. A lot of students AI to complete their assignments. (use)

10. the doctor tomorrow? (your father/see)

11. They a new stadium in our city. (not/build)

12. I a story on the computer. (type)

13. The birds sweetly in the trees. (sing)

14. The girl to read. (learn)

15. Tim and his brother in the living room. (study)

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