When we use present continuous

Present Continuous
We use it when THE ACTION IS NOW, at this moment. We can also use present continuous when we are talking about something happening today, this week, this month. In this case the action is something which doesn’t usually happen and you’re only doing it today, this week or this month, thus, it’s something new, different and it will not continue for long.

An example of present continuous used for an action which IS HAPPENING NOW, AT THIS MOMENT.

The baby is looking for his dummy. Present continuous definition in an illustration.
Present continuous used to say that the baby is looking for a dummy at the moment.

The baby is looking for his dummy.

Examples of present continuous used with expressions like “today”, “this week”, “this month”.

He is doing extreme sport. Present continuous definition in an illustration
Present continuous used with an expression “today” to say that the man is doing a new sport.

The man is doing a new extreme sport today.

She is not going out. Present continuous definition in an illustration
Present continuous used with an expression “this week” to say that the woman isn’t going out.

The woman isn’t going out this week. (She doesn’t want people to see the spot oin her face).

How we form present continuous

positive sentences: subject + verb “to be” + verb-ing + object

negative sentences: subject + verb “to be” + not + verb-ing + object

questions: verb “to be” + subject + verb-ing + object

Other examples of present continuous use in a sentence

  • I am working, don’t disturb me!
  • I’m not doing anything special.
  • She is studying so be quiet, please.