Present Continuous Tense |Examples, sentences & formation

Present continuous tense, examples, sentences & formation. Affirmative, negative and interrogative sentences are here with examples and formation. You can download the pdf of this lesson. Here is a detailed lesson for the beginners to improve yours English fluently with detailed examples.

Here are some examples of present continuous tense:

  • She is drinking coffee now.
  • They are visiting their grandparents today.
  • The sun is rising in the east.
  • The birds are flying south for the winter.
  • I am studying English now.
  • He is playing soccer right now.
  • We are having lunch at the moment.
  • She is reading a book now.
  • They are walking to work at the moment.
  • The train is arriving at the station now.
  • The flowers are blooming in the spring.
  • He is always wearing a suit to work.
  • The children are playing in the park right now.
  • I am watching TV now.
  • She is speaking Spanish right now.
  • The company is holding a meeting today.
  • They are listening to music while driving.
  • The river is flowing into the ocean.
  • I am cooking dinner for my family now.
  • He is riding his bike for exercise now.

Present Continuous Tense

It shows the continuity of action in the present times. In this tense first form of verb is used with the addition of ing. (1st form of verb +ing).

Form of verbs

1st form of verb with addition of “ing” is used.

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Helping verb

“Is, am , are” are the helping verbs of the present continuous tense

“Is” is used with singular.i.e he, she, it and any singular noun.

“Are” is used with plural. I.e we, you, they and plural

“Am” is only used with “I”.

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  • She is crying.
  • She is talking to her boyfriend.
  • The baby is sleeping in his crib.
  • We are visiting the park in the afternoon.
  • You are not watching the movie.
  • Rome is reading a book.

Positive sentences

In this simply first form of verb is used in the addition to (ing). Or we can say that the fourth form of verb is used. 1st form of verb + ing also known as fourth form of verb.

In the other words to make affirmative sentences  in the present continuous we use the subject followed by appropriate form of the auxiliary verb ‘to be’ and the main verb in the –ing form.


Subject+ helping verb (is/am/are) + 1st form of verb + ing+ object


  • Boys are clapping and dancing.
  • I am taking tea.
  • Many of the students are participating in sports.
  • He is cycling.
  • She is crying.
  • They are making noise.
present continuous tense positive sentences

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Negative sentences

In the negative sentences, “Not” is added after the helping verb.


Subject + helping verb+ not + 1st form of verb + ing + object


  • Harish is not running fast.
  • He is not crying.
  • Children are not turning on T.V.
  • She is not cooking food.
  • He is not offering prayer.
  • Dog is not swimming in the water.
  • Ahmad is not swimming in the pool.
present continuous tense negative sentences

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Interrogative sentences

In the interrogative sentences, helping verb “is, am, are” is placed at the start of sentences.


Helping verb + subject+ verb (1st form of verb) + ing+ object?


  • Is it clouding?
  • Is he crying?
  • Is it raining?
  • Is she arguing with parents?
  • Am I walking on the bridge?
  • Are we singing a song?
  • Are they sewing the clothes?
present continuous tense interrogative sentences

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