Present Continuous Tense

The Verb in Continuous Present Tense 

In the continuous present tense, the 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 progressive present tense. It means this tense refers to an 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 the auxiliary verb

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

In sentence-

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

 You may like the related links given below.  

Present Tense
Simple Present
Present Continuous
Perfect Present
Perfect Continuous Present
Uses of Present Tense