Both tenses have a continuous form. These continuous tenses are formed with the verb be and the –ing form of the verb:

We use continuous aspect:

  • for something happening before and after a given time.

He’s getting on the train. [before and after the moment of speaking]
It was quarter past ten. We were watching the news on television.

  • for something continuing before and after another action:

Mother will be cooking the dinner when we get home.
We were waiting for the bus when it started to rain.

  • for something continuing for some time:

Everybody will be waiting for us.
They had been working hard all day.

  • for something happening again and again:

They’ve been doing that every day this week.
The children were always shouting.
He will be practising the piano every night.

  • for something temporary:

We are renting an apartment until our house is ready..
He was working in a garage during the vacation.

  • for something new:

We have moved from Birmingham. We’re living in Manchester now.
He had left university and was working in his father’s business.

  • to describe something changing or developing:

Everything has been getting more difficult.
He was growing more bad-tempered every day. 



This is similar to the first example in the text - it's happening before and after the moment of speaking.
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It's a good summary about continuous aspect of English tenses. However, after I have finished all tense lessons of the website, I still have some problems. How can I use the correct tense for a certain situation? How about the future tenses? What's the different meanings if we use different tenses for a sentence? English tenses always confuse me, you have supplied many usage tips, but I think it not enough. Can you give me more about English tense and  more comprehensive lessons?

 Very interesting information to improve our English skills.
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