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Present Continuous

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Marcello Araújo

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Transcript of Present Continuous

Present Simple X
It rains in the winter
We use

the present simple
to talk about things in general
We use it to say that something happens in repetition or as a normal habit.
We use it to show that something is true in general
They are reading the book
The activity is not complete! This the
present continuous
We use present continuous for actions happening now or around the time of speaking
We are interested in

the continuation

of the activity
Examples:
The man goes to work everyday
The man is working at this moment
Exercises :
1. Let's go out! It ________________________ (not/rain) now.
2. I usually _________________(go) to work by car.
3. A: How's your English?

B: Not bad. I think it _____________________ (improve) slowly.
4. Jane always goes to Paris on holiday. She ________________ (travel) there all the time
5. Hurry up! Everybody _____________________ (wait) for you to go to the party.
6. “Do you eat popcorn when you go to the movies?” “No, I ____________________ (like)”.
A class by
Credits:

Murphy, Raymond. "English Grammar in Use". Third edition. Cambridge.
Olivia and Layla started to read a book,
It rains in the winter
Kate works for Nike
Present Continuous
Present Continuous:
Subject + is/are + Verb +ing
Example:
Anna and Jade are watching the video
It is drinking coke
I have a healthy habit. I don't drink coke
She listens to music to relax every time she is stressed.
isn't raining
go
is improving
travels
is waiting
don't like it
Marcello Araújo
Kate works for Nike
and they are reading it
Structure:
Natalie is chatting on the phone
Josh is playing football
She's swimming
past
now
future
PRESENT CONTINUOUS
She swims
past
future
PRESENT SIMPLE
frequently
Special Cases
Non - Action Verbs: they are the types of verbs that indicate state, sense, desire, possession or opinion
be
look
think
have
like
want
seem
own
smell
taste
appear
prefer
believe
consider
feel
possess
love
(senses)
(feelings)
(existence)
(possession)
(opinion)
Those verbs are not normally used in the Present Continuous
I'm liking this girl at school
She's knowing about the concert
(wrong)
(super wrong)
"I always do" and "I'm always doing"
I always go to work by bus.
I do it everyday
Anthony lost his wallet again.
He's always losing things
He's always losing things = He loses things very often, more often than normal
Examples:
You're always playing cards. You should do some outdoor activities!
(You play cards too often)
Clarisse is never upset. She's always talking to her friends
(She talks too much)
Exercise
Finish B's sentences. Use "always - ing".
A: I lost my pen again.
B: Not again! __________________________________
A: The computer has frozen again!
B: It is useless. __________________________________
A: Look! You've made the same mistake again.
B: Oh, no! I __________________________________________
You're always losing your pen
It's always carshing down
I'm always making the same mistake
We use the Present Continuous when we use dynamic (action) verbs:
1. Actions happening now
2. Changing situations
3. Temporary situations
4. Habits with "always"
5. Arrangements for the future
She's taking a shower
The Brazilians are fighting for a better country
They're staying in Montreal for two weeks
He's always watching cartoons
I'm seeing the doctor at 3:00 tomorrow
I think she should buy a new watch
think = to believe
I think soap operas are dumb
think = have an opinion
She's thinking of buying a new watch
thinking = she's considering
I'm thinking about watching that soap opera
I have a book
I'm having a conversation with my mother
action to converse
He is a calm person, but today he's being impatient with his friends
he's being = he's behaving, he's acting
I'm considering
possession
I
You/ We/ They
He/ She/ It
You/ We/ They
He/ She/ It
I
am
are
is
am not
aren't
isn't
doing tai chi
playing chess
dancing
eating an apple
talking
+
--
Am
Are
Is
I
you/ we/ they
he/ she/ it
playing chess
dancing
talking
now?
?
Yes,
I
you/ we/ they
he/ she/ it
am
are
is
No,
I
you/ we/ they
he/ she/ it
'm not
aren't
isn't
She's studying very much for her finals.
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