The present continuous tense is formed from the present tense of the verb be and the present participle (-ing form) of a verb:

Use

1. We use the present continuous tense to talk about the present:

  • for something that is happening at the moment of speaking:

I’m just leaving work. I’ll be home in an hour.
Please be quiet. The children are sleeping.

  • for something which is happening before and after a given time:

At eight o’clock we are usually having breakfast.
When I get home the children are doing their homework.

 

  • for something which we think is temporary:

Michael is at university. He’s studying history.
I’m working in London for the next two weeks.

  • for something which is new and contrasts with a previous state:

These days most people are using email instead of writing letters.
What sort of clothes are teenagers wearing nowadays? What sort of music are they listening to?

  • to show that something is changing, growing or developing:

The children are growing quickly.
The climate is changing rapidly.
Your English is improving.

  • for something which happens again and again:

It’s always raining in London.
They are always arguing.
George is great. He’s always laughing.

Note: We normally use always with this use.

2. We use the present continuous tense to talk about the future:

  • for something which has been arranged or planned:

Mary is going to a new school next term.
What are you doing next week?

3. We can use the present continuous to talk about the past:

  • When we are telling a story
  • When we are summarising the story from a book, film or play etc.:

Exercise

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Comments

Hello,

When do we use present simple or present continuous with the adverb"nowadays"?
e.g. What sort of clothes are teenagers wearing nowadays?
I forget things more often nowadays.

Many thanks.

Hello The sky view,

You can use both the simple and continuous forms with 'nowadays'.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello,

Which one is correct :

1) He always talks nonsense .
2)He's always talking nonsense .

What i think that the second one is correct because it expresses repeated action with irritating!
So could you help in that please?

Thank you in advance ..

Hello hibary,

Both forms are grammatically correct but mean slightly different things. The first is factual and makes an observation about his habitual behaviour. The second one makes an observation about his behaviour but also implies that the speaker has some kind of opinion about it – in this case, the speaker could, for example, be expressing their disapproval.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear Kirk/Peter,

There are some verbs that can be either stative or action verbs -- depending on the situation. For instance, 'think' and 'have' are two frequently used verbs which we use a lot everyday.

1. I "think" Kirk and Peter are great. [stative verb -- express my opinion]
2. I'm "thinking" about your proposal. [action verb -- act of thinking]
3. I "have" a book. [stative verb -- I own sth]
4. I'm "having" fun here. [action verb -- act of fun]

I know I can't use the stative verbs as a continuous form. On the other hand, I can use action verbs in any arbitrary tenses. But I guess I can't use 'SOME' stative verbs in other non-continuous forms? I mean:

>>> I've thought my friend is great, so far.[It seems an action]
>>> I have had a book. [it seems stative yet]
Am I right?
Thank u.

Hello _Bobby_,

The question of whether the verb is stative or dynamic depends upon its meaning. When 'think' is used to show an opinion then it is not used in continuous forms, but when it is used to mean 'consider' then it can be. In the first of the two examples at the end of your question the meaning is not entirely clear as the sentence does not have a full context but it seems likely that the meaning here is to have an opinion and so the continuous form would not be used.

Similarly, with the verb 'have' we have different meanings. When the meaning is related to possession we do not use continuous forms. When the meaning is different ('have a bath', 'have a coffee', 'have a meeting') we can use continuous forms. Your second sentence is about possession, so the continuous form would not be appropriate in this context.

You can read more on this topic on this page.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, dear Kirk/Peter
1- this sentence conveys a prediction/fact about the lack of adaptation ability:
"I may never get used to this situation." [Present simple sentence]

I guess I can't use it as a continuous form, due to "never". Am I right?

2- As you mentioned before "I am getting used to this kind of weather.", is a valid and grammatically correct sentence. Does it make sense we use: "I'm not getting used to this situation." instead of my first sentence as a complaint?

Thank u.

Hello _Bobby_,

For 1, 'may' doesn't have a continuous form. It's possible to use a continuous infinitive after it (e.g. 'may be getting used to'), but you're right: in this case it'd be pretty unusual to use it. 2 is a much more likely way of expressing the kind of complaint that you seem to want to communicate. 'I'm not getting used to' is correct and is natural and I think says what you want it to.

Good work!

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

if I ask u can u help me
1. Choose one of the theories and try to find an example of analysis
How can i find theories ?? i will be glad if u help me

Hello AN Hayrapetyan,

I'm afraid I don't understand your question. We're happy to try to help with questions relating to the material on our pages, but this does not seem to have anything to do with that.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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