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.
- 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.
Person Singular Number Plural Number
1st I am playing football. We are playing football.
2nd You are playing football. You are playing football.
3rd He is playing football.
She is playing football. They are playing football.
It is playing football.
You may like the related links given below.
- Present Tense
- Simple Present
- Present Continuous
- Perfect Present
- Perfect Continuous Present
- Uses of Present Tense