Correct use of present continuous tense

Present continuous tense is used to describe actions in progress. It is also called progressive tense as it describes the activities, actions which are still in progress at the time of expression. For better insight, take a look at the correct use of present continuous tense.

Use of present continuous tense

Clearly, it is used to describe a action that has begin at the time of expression and still continue. On the other hand, in case of, present perfect continuous tense, the action begins somewhere in the past.
So, the domain of present continuous tense is limited to the time of expression only. For this reason, adverbials of time become necessary.

Formation of present continuous
It is formed with:-


“Verbs of To Be” according to the subject
Present participle + ing to indicate progressive activities

Adverbial of time — now, Nowadays etc.
To form the progressive tense, period of time and point of time is omitted but “Current expression of time” is preferred.

Examples of present continuous showing time

For this purpose,
Now, Just Now,
Nowadays, Presently, Currently, etc.
Such “Times expressions” are commonly used.

  • He is not interested to play as he is helping his father now.
  • Unexpectedly, it is raining heavily just now.
  • They are shouting for help in the flood.
  • She is taking training in the camp ahead of final.
  • Really, you are enthusiasticly practicing Yoga.

All the examples are describing the activities happening right at the moment.
Use of present continuous tense to describe future plan
Many a times, we plan to do something in advance. For this, we cannot use future tense but progressive present.

  • I know about his plan. He is meeting his brother tomorrow.
  • Definitely, she is changing her college next year .
  • They are planning to visit national park on holiday.
  • I am going to join my team soon.

Use of present continuous tense To describe an action happening in the specific period of time.

It is a general tendency of people to describe ongoing trends and practices in the progressive tense.
But, there must not be confusion with perfect continuous present tense.

  • We are still living in that old house.
  • He is toiling so hard to loose weight.
  • The incidents of heart diseases are growing in the rural areas as well.
  • Nowadays, obesity is becoming a big health issue.
  • His health is improving rapidly.
  • Your investment is growing expectedly.
  • Many people are avoiding junk food.
  • Undoubtedly, comparative study of tenses is truly essential to eliminate the chances of confusion.

All above information is enough to learn correct use of present continuous tense.

Functioning of present perfect continuous tense

Compound and complex sentences

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