Present Continuous Part 1: I am cooking
Section 1: Check this example situation.
- Sherlyn is a chef. It is lunchtime and she is cooking.
- Ian is a writer. He is working at home.
Present Continuous Formula
[ am/is/are + (verb)-ing ] – is the Present Continuous
- I am working.
- He is driving.
- She is cooking.
- It is spinning
- We are fighting.
- You are watching.
- They are hiding.
Section 2: I am doing something
I began doing a certain action and I have not completed it yet. I am still in the process of doing it.
- We are trying desperately to keep to our schedule.
- I’m having a really bad day.
- It’s raining. Put the hood up.
- She’s out enjoying the sea air.
- The earth is shaking, what is happening?
Not all action is happening at the time of speaking. We also use Present Continuous when we are talking about it.
- Certain hobbies e.g reading, or watching.
- I am watching this new series on Netflix. – The person is not watching now.
- I am reading the final book. – The person is reading the book but not the time of speaking.
- Both examples indicate a certain action that is not yet finished and is still in progress.
- Other examples.
- She is learning a new language. – Learning a language takes time, the person is in the progress of learning.
- They are building a new cafe around the corner. – Building a structure cannot be done overnight. But we still use Present Continuous as it is in the progress of doing it.
- Other examples.
Present Continuous or Present Progressive can be used together with (today, this week, this year, and others)
- She is barely working today.
- Most businesses are not doing so well due to the pandemic.
When we talk about changes that have started to happen we often use present continuous.
- Getting – How are you getting along with your English studies?
- Becoming – She is becoming famous in Australia and elsewhere.
- Changing – She is in the dressing room, changing her outfit.
- Improving – Her French is improving by leaps and bounds.
- Starting – You’re starting to get on my nerves.
- Beginning – The paint’s beginning to flake off.
- Increasing – The police are increasing their efforts to prevent car thefts and subsequent ram-raiding.
- Rising – Unemployment is likely to go on rising this year.
- Falling – We are falling about the lost key.
- Growing – This is a growing trend.
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