Present Continuous Tense

 Verb in Continuous Present Tense 

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 we can also call it as 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

We should use auxiliary verb according to the subject of sentence. But keep in mind that we should use those in present form.

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.

Examples of Continuous Present Tense

Here, we have taken pronouns I, you, we, he, she, it and they so that it will be easy to understand.

Present Continuous Tense- Example

In this table, we took an example with first, second and third person with singular and plural form.
Let's have a look-
PersonSingular NumberPlural Number
1stI am playing football.We are playing football.
2ndYou are playing football.You are playing football.
3rdHe is playing football.
They are playing football.
She is playing football. They are playing football.
It is playing football. They are playing football.

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