Learn English Online

Unit 2 - Lesson 9 - Present Continuous Questions



Who? People
What? Things
Where? Places

The verb to be

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

Spelling tip

Check you know how to spell the continuous form textRead thistext

Present Continuous

Present continuous form=am/is/are + verb + ing (something is happening NOW)
You can use the short forms.

Present Continuous


Asking Questions about what's happening now
What am I doing? What is he/she/it doing? What are we/you/they doing?
Am/Is/Are doing
To stand What am I doing? "I'm standing. I'm not sitting."
To sit What is he doing? "He's sitting. He's not (He isn't) standing."
To walk What is she doing? "She's walking. She's not (She isn't) running."
To run What is it doing? "It's running. It's not (It isn't) walking."
To play What are they doing? "They're playing. They're not (They aren't) working."
To surf What are we doing? "We're surfing the Internet. We're not (We aren't) watching television."

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

Click on Mr Bean

A person

What to say - Open and closed questions

Answering Yes

Closed Question - answer = yes or no Long answer Short answer
"Am I learning English?" "Yes, you're learning English." "Yes, you are." or "Yes."
"Is he/she learning English?" "Yes, he/she's learning English." "Yes, he/she is." or "Yes."
"Are you learning English?" "Yes, I'm learning English." "Yes, I am." or "Yes."
"Are we learning English?" "Yes, we're learning English." "Yes, we are." or "Yes."
"Are they learning English?" "Yes, they're learning English." "Yes, they are." or "Yes."


Answering No

Closed Question - answer = yes or no Long answer Short answer
"Am I learning German?" "No, I'm not learning German." "No, I'm not." or "No."
"Is he/she learning German?" "No, he/she's not (he/she isn't) learning German." "No, he/she's not (he/she isn't)." or "No."
"Are you learning German?" "No, you're not (you aren't) learning German." "No, you're not (you aren't)." or "No."
"Are we learning German?" "No, we're not (we aren't) learning German." "No, we're not (we aren't)." or "No."
"Are they learning German?" "No, they're not (they aren't) learning German." "No, they're not (they aren't)." or "No."


Answering in full

Open Question - can't simply say yes or no Long answer Short answer
"What are you doing?" "I'm learning English." "Learning English."
"What is he doing?" "He's learning English." "Learning English."
"What is she doing?" "She's learning English." "Learning English."
"What are we doing?" "We're learning English." "Learning English."
"What are they doing?" "They're learning English." "Learning English."


Naturally speaking:-

You: "Are you learning English?"

Me: "No, I'm not."

You: "What are you doing?"

Me: "I'm teaching English."

You: "Are you learning a language?

Me: "Yes."

You: "What language are you learning?"

Me: "I'm learning German."

More English Lessons

Next lesson - "Colours"
Previous Lesson - Present Continuous - Negative


Test the present continuous - write some questions using the words given - Write It!

Practise Your English

Ask Lynne what she is doing.

Here is a recording of some of your answers:-

!Note - All posts are moderated and then corrected. One correction per person per lesson.
Previous corrections can be found on the old forum
Print Version - You can print this lesson out here
Week 9

Wouldn't it be cool if there were a teacher available here 24/7? Well, you could help us achieve our dream, and support us in updating and improving these resources by making a donation:-

Sponsored Links