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Unit 2 - Lesson 7 - Present Continuous - Positive

Remember

The verb to be

Check you know the forms of this important little verb textRead thistext

Vowels and Consonants

Check you know your alphabet textRead thistext

Learn

Present continuous form = am/is/are + verb + ing. We use it to show that something is happening NOW.

You can use the short forms.

Present Continuous

 

Am/Is/Are doing
"What am I doing?"   "I'm standing.
"What is he doing?" To sit   "He's sitting.
"What is she doing?" To walk   "She's walking.
"What is it doing?" To run   "It's running.
"What are they doing?" To play   "They're playing."
"What are we doing?" To surf   "We're surfing the Internet.

More - Learn English Through Pictures - Picture It - The Present Continuous

Try to guess what Mr Bean is doing (requires Macromedia Shockwave Player.)

Click on Mr Bean

A person

 

Spelling Tip:

add -ing to

     

Words ending in two consonants

To walk

walk + ing

walking

Words ending in two vowels + consonant.

To sleep

sleep + ing

sleeping

Words ending in one consonant and a vowel (not 'e') 

To do

do + ing

doing

Words ending in one vowel  and g - add g + -ing

To jog

jog + ging

jogging

Words ending in one vowel and m - add m + -ing

To swim

swim + ming

swimming

Words ending in one vowel and n - add n + -ing

To run

run + ning

running

Words ending in one vowel and p - add p + -ing

To shop

shop + ping

shopping

Words ending in one vowel and t - add t + -ing

To put

put + ting

putting

Words ending in ie - delete ie - + -ying

To die

d + ying

dying

Words ending in one consonant and e - delete e + -ing

To phone

phon + ing

phoning

 

Pronunciation - Short forms

Click on each word to hear the sound (requires Real Player Basic .)

I am I'm I am not I'm not
He is He's He is not He's not He isn't
She is She's She is not She's not She isn't
It is It's It is not It's not It isn't
You are You're You are not You aren't You're not
We are We're We are not We aren't We're not
They are They're They are not They aren't They're not

You will also see and hear the following slang terms:-

!Note - This is non-standard English and won't win you any marks in a test or exam:-

I am not I ain't
He is not he ain't
She is not she ain't
It is not it ain't
You are not you ain't
We are not we ain't
They are not they ain't

 


More English Lessons

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Test

Check the spelling tip and then test yourself by typing the correct form of the verb Test It.

Practise Your English

Read and listen to this song: Sailing by Rod Stewart - It uses the present tense.
Now listen to some of the corrections.


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Week 7

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