Present Continuous Tense

Present Tense – Continuous

In continuous present tense, verb shows that the action is going on and not completed at the time of speaking. As the action in this sentence is not completed it is called imperfect and as it is in progress so it is also called progressive present tense. It means, this tense refers to action that is currently in progress and not complete.

 In these sentences, the auxiliary verb- is /am/ are is used with the present participle.

Use of auxiliary verb

Use of auxiliary verb is according to the subject of sentence.

In sentence-

  • For subject ‘I’, we use auxiliary verb ‘am’.
  • If subject is ‘he’, ‘she’, ‘it’ or any singular noun, we use auxiliary ‘is’.
  • We use auxiliary verb ‘are’ for the subject ‘we’, ‘you’, ‘they’ or any plural noun.

 We shall take an example with three persons.

PersonSingular NumberPlural Number
1stI am playing football.We are playing football.
2ndYou are playing football.You are playing football.
3rdHe is playing football.
She is playing football. They are playing football.
It is playing football.

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