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  The Present Progressive Tense :: Grammar File

Created by: Nikita Kovalyov
Updated: January 2004


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The Present Progressive Tense - How to form

We make the Present Progressive tense with the correct form of the verb to be (am/is/are) and the ing form of the main verb.

Positive Sentences
I'mplaying football.
You'restanding up.
He'slistening to music.
She'sswimming.
It'splaying with the ball.
We'regoing home.
They'rerunning.


Exercise: Fill in the gaps with the correct form of the verb in brackets.

Example: I (listen) to you.

  • The train to Glasgow (leave) from platform 8.
  • I (begin) to understand the Present Progressive now.
  • Sue (work) tonight.
  • Listen! The telephone (ring).
  • Ms. Johnson (see) a customer at 3 o'clock.

Answers
  • The train to Glasgow (leave) from platform 8.
  • I (begin) to understand the Present Progressive now.
  • Sue (work) tonight.
  • Listen! The telephone (ring).
  • Ms. Johnson (see) a customer at 3 o'clock.


Negative Sentences
I'm notplaying football.
Youaren'tstanding up.
Heisn'tlistening to music.
Sheisn'tswimming.
Itisn'tplaying with the ball.
Wearen'tgoing home.
Theyaren'trunning.


Exercise: Fill in the gaps with the correct form of the verb in brackets.

Example: We the television.

  • My Dad (not have) his lunch now.
  • The kids (not study) tomorrow.
  • It (not rain) today.
  • I (not study) German.
  • We (not go) to Egypt on summer holiday.

Answers
  • My Dad (not have) his lunch now.
  • The kids (not study) tomorrow.
  • It (not rain) today.
  • I (not study) German.
  • We (not go) to Egypt on summer holiday.


Yes/No Questions
AmIdoing it right?
Areyoulistening to me?
Isheworking today?
Isshespeaking Chinese?
Isitworking?
Arewegoing home now?
Aretheywatching TV?


Exercise: Fill in the gaps with the correct form of the verb in brackets.

Example: (you listen) to me?

  • (it start) to rain?
  • (Sue study) to become a doctor?
  • (you take) your daughter with you?
  • (the dog play) with the kids?
  • (they come) tonight?

Answers
  • (it start) to rain?
  • (Sue study) to become a doctor?
  • (you take) your daughter with you?
  • (the dog play) with the kids?
  • (they come) tonight?


Information Questions
WhatamIdoing?
Whereareyouliving now?
Whoishespeaking to?
Whenisshecoming?
Whatisitdoing here?
Whenarewehaving the test?
Whataretheywatching?


Exercise: Fill in the gaps with the correct form of the verb in brackets.

  • What company (you work) for?
  • What class (they study) in?
  • Who (John shake) hands with?
  • What time (your friends come)?
  • What country (they visit) at the moment?

Answers
  • What company (you work) for?
  • What class (they study) in?
  • Who (John shake) hands with?
  • What time (your friends come)?
  • What country (they visit) at the moment?


Practice

Exercise: Put the verb in brackets in the correct form to make the Present Progressive Tense.

  • John (read) a book now.
  • What (you do) tonight?
  • Jack and Peter (work) late today.
  • Silvia (not listen) to music.
  • Maria (sit) next to Paul.
  • How many other students (you study) with?
  • The phone (not ring).

Answers
  • John (read) a book now.
  • What (you do) tonight?
  • Jack and Peter (work) late today.
  • Silvia (not listen) to music.
  • Maria (sit) next to Paul.
  • How many other students (you study) with?
  • The phone (not ring).


Learn how to spell the ing form of the verbs.


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