Overview of All English Tenses - Present Tenses - Present Continuous - Overview

 

Now, let's take a look at the present continuous tense. The continuous tense is used to talk about actions in progress at the time of speaking or around the time of speaking. The first thing to notice with the continuous tense is that we must use the verb plus '-ing' form, also known as the present participle. You'll see it in any continuous tense, especially with the present continuous. We have three different forms of this tense. First, we have the subject 'I' used with 'am teaching'. Then, we have 'you', 'we' and 'they are teaching'. Finally, we've got 'he', 'she' 'it is teaching'. The 'am', 'are' and 'is' are forms of the verb 'to be' and here with this tense is used as an auxiliary verb or a helping verb. In order to form negative sentences, we simply add the word 'not' between our helping verb and our main verb plus '-ing'. To form the questions for the present continuous tense, again what we've done, is inverted our helping verbs and our subjects resulting in questions like 'Am i teaching?' 'Are you teaching?' and 'Is he teaching?'.


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Unit seven has been informative and interesting, inspiring me to a higher level of excellence in balancing reading, listening, writing, and speaking practice in a classroom environment. I plan to use the helpful information outlined in unit seven to encourage my students in reading and listening and hopefully help them have more fun practicing.Pats of speech is a tricky subject where we feel like we know the answer without knowing why we do. I learned from this module that repetition and logical structure can be a friend in understanding the common everyday phrases that we use and that we should not be ashamed to say we don’t know, or do double check and learn from our mistakes.