Hi everyone, welcome back to Aze IT Studio post. Today i am going to tell you about Present Continous Tense

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We often use the present continuous tense in English. It is very different from the simple present tense, both in structure and in use. In this lesson we will study about structure and the use of  present continuous tense.

Formula : subject + auxiliary verb (to be base) + main verb + ing

How do we make the present continuous tense?
Look at these examples with the main verb like :

present continous tense

How do we use the present continuous tense?
We use the present continuous tense to talk about:
Action happening now
e.g : I am eating my breakfast

Action happening around now
The action may not be happening exactly now, but it is happening just before and just after now, and it is not permanent or habitual.
e.g : Adam is learning to drive

Look for another example :
We're eating in a restaurant tonight. We've already booked the table.
In these examples, we have a firm plan or programme before speaking. The decision and plan were made before speaking.

How do we spell the Present Continuous Tense?
  • Basic rule = Just add -ing to the base verb. e.g: working, playing, and etc
  • Exception 1 = If the base verb ends in consonant + stressed vowel + consonant, double the last letter : (vowels = a, e, i, o, u) e.g: stopping, running, and etc. Note that this exception does not apply when the last syllable of the base verb is not stressed, e.g: opening
  • Exception 2 = If the base verb ends in ie, change the ie to y, e.g: lying (lie), dying (die), and etc
  • Exception 3 = If the base verb ends in vowel + consonant + e, omit the e, e.g: coming (come), mistaking (mistake), and etc

Okay, I think that's all for today's post. See you on the next post.

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