ELLLO Beginner English Lesson 3-03

Present Continuous

Watch these videos to learn how to use the present continuous.

Present Continuous

Point 1: We use the present continuous for actions that start and finish within a timeframe. We often say the action is happenign now.
  1. What are you doing?
  2. I'm calling my friend. (The action will stop soon)
  3. What are you watching on TV?
  4. I'm watching a documentary about the Olympics.
Point 2: We use the present simple tense for an action that is repeating or ongoing. We use the present continuous if the action will end at some time.
  1. I live in New York.
  2. I'm living in New York at the moment. (I will move at some point)
  3. I work a lot.
  4. I'm working a lot these days. (I will work less soon.)
Point 3: In fast spoken English, the be verbs are contracted and the /g/ in the /-ing/ is ommited.
  1. I am having a good time.
  2. I'm havin' a good time.
  3. She is making a big mistake.
  4. She's makin' a big mistake.
  5. He is not coming to the party.
  6. He isn't comin' to the party.
Point 4: We often use the present continuous for plans in the future, especially if the action is known or anticipated by other people.
  • Are you coming to the party tomorrow night?
  • Yes, I'm going, but I'm working tomorrow, so I might be late.
  • Is anyone coming with you?
  • Yes, I'm bringing my friend.

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