Questions tagged [present-continuous]

It is used to express a continued or ongoing action at present time. It expresses an action which is in progress at the time of speaking. Using the suffix '-ing'

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Which tense is better to talk about progress and development : present simple/ continues/ perfect?

Prices are increasing. Prices have been/ have increased. Prices increase. I know all of them are grammatically correct and all mean that prices increased in the past and still continue to ...
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can we say “being seen”?

There is a point in the "choose the correct answer" question that goes like " "The old man ....... to cross the crowded street." 1- has seen 2- has been seen 3- sees 4 - is being seen. My teacher ...
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Contracted form of Present Continuous with nouns ending with -s

How do we form the contracted form of Present Continuous with nouns ending with -s, for example: Thomas is playing football next Sunday. Can we write Thomas' playing football next Sunday. How does ...
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“Someone has a relationshio with someone” or “someone is having a relationship with someone”?

Do I have to use have in the present simple or present continuous when talking about being in a relationship. For example: Kate has a relationship with the guy. Kate is having a ralationship ...
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difference between WILL, BE GOING TO and the present continuous [closed]

when we can use WILL, BE GOING TO or the present continuous. and what is the difference between situations we use each of them?
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The usage of the phrase “have to” in the continuous form

I was sure that have to cannot be used in the progressive form. For example: I am having to clean my house. It should be I have to clean my house. But the other day I was reading a book called ...
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Is it natural to use the verb “want” in the continuous form to express a strong desire for something or to do something?

I am aware that the verb want is a stative verb and many grammar books and teachers say it is correct to use it in the continuous form. But as is the case with lot of stative cases, there some ...
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How to describe the snow covering the city?

I am trying to write sentences on the beginning of snowfall and city getting covering in the snow. Here are the three variants, but the first two variants sound weird. Can someone please correct them ...
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Is “You are influencing your negative behavior over me” grammatically well-formed and natural-sounding to native speakers?

I don’t believe this sentence sounds right: You are influencing your negative behavior over me. I'd instead rephrase it more like this: Your behavior creates a negative influence over me. Is that ...
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when + present continuous

I have recently read the sentence: When are you doing the practice? If "doing" referred to the present, that sentence would not make sense. Does the present continuous refer to the future here?
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“Hear” or “Hearing”

Is this correct that we can't say. "I am hearing the sound" gramatically because 'hear' is a state verb but,'i hear the sound',is correct. But can i say that 'i hear the sound' is a continous tense ...
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“I hear about it more and more these days” or “I am hearing about it more and more this days”?

What is the difference in meaning between the following sentences? I hear about the issue more and more these days. I am hearing about the issue more and more these days. Many will say that ...
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Can I use the verb “disappear” in Present Continuous Tense?

"More and more forests are disappearing because of fires." or "More and more forests disappear because of fires." which one is grammatically correct? Our English teacher said that disappear is a ...
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Simple present vs. deterministic future

When I record a video in which I demonstrate a software application in action, I should say I click on the button or I am clicking on the button? In the video, I click on the button one second after ...
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present simple to express a specific statement?

The car doesn’t start. If you get in Tom and I will give you a push. Why not is starting as it is a temporary state for a car not a general statement The sentence comes from this worksheet (the ...
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Can the use of the present progressive with the adverb “still” convey annoyance or surprise?

Can the use of the present progressive with the adverb still feel like an expression of annoyance or surprise? For example: I started teaching three years ago, and I am still teaching. If it ...
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Is present continuous appropiate here?

Is the following sentence correct? He is just buying a gift for his mother. I am not sure if it is all right to have that "just" there and this lead me to believe that maybe the tense is wrong.
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Why the adverb “lately” is sometimes used with the present progressive?

The following example is from this video. It is at 5 minutes and 48 seconds. You are killing it lately. I am confused because as this dictionary says the adverb is usually used with perfect tenses,...
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Using “just” with 'present continuous tense'

Can I use just with present continuous as in: Mother: We are running late for dinner, where are you right now? Son: I am just getting home. Friend A: Did you finish the last answer? Friend ...
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Can “every time” be used with present continuous

At school it us taught that "every time", is a marker that shows that some simple tense should follow. However, I wonder, if in some contexts continuous forms can be used as well. For example, if I ...
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Grammar present simple, simple future, present continuous

Following on from fireeeeeee's answer to this question, the example "I eat cereal for breakfast" and the descriptions concerned, please let me know what is the difference between that and the sentence ...
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Why present continuous here?

Don't touch it unless you are buying it. Why not unless you buy it. I've seen that in an pottery shop. Is it emphasize the idea that it is strictly forbidden to touch the goods
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“Diabetes claims thousands of lives” vs. “Diabetes is claiming thousands of lives”

At the rate of one death every two minutes, diabetes ______ (claim) over 340,000 lives annually –just over half the death rate of cancer. According to answer key, the correct one is claims: At ...
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The present continuous vs. the 'going to' construction for future events

Is there any slight difference between the two sentences below? I’m taking the car to the mechanic’s shop tomorrow. I’m going to take the car to the mechanic’s shop tomorrow.
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Present Continous Tense

Please explain to me why we use the present continuous tense in the following sentences: I want to lose weight, so this week I am not eating lunch. I am getting tired.
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Meaning of “period around now” in a description of the present continuous tense

I am learning from a book called English Grammar in use The book says that we use the present continuous tense when we talk about changes happening around now and I am confused with the meaning of ...
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Use of “relish” in this context?

Can I use "I am relishing my work" or "I relish my work"? Which one is correct? If both are incorrect what would be correct sentence using the word relish?
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The use of the present continuous after the question in the present simple

Tell me please if I used the present continuous correctly in the following context. Person A: Where do you work? Person B: I am working in a retail company now. What I mean by using the ...
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The present simple vs present continuous in context

Let's say there is a treadmill that broke down. And a person asks me if he can use it. What sentence would be the most appropriate to answer the question. Sorry, It doesn't work. Sorry, it is ...
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Is “Are they planning to fly to New York? Is it next week?” right to use the continuous present followed immediately by the simple present?

Please consider: Are they planning to fly to New York? Is it next week? Why is that combination of present tense forms used to indicate a future event, first the continuous one and then the the ...
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Difference between Pr. Simple and Pr. Continuous

During one of my recent English lessons I have faced some problems with the strong understanding when to use the present simple or the present continuous. There are some examples of what I have met ...
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David is not very fit. He does not do any sport. VS David is not very fit. He is not doing any sport [closed]

David is not very fit. He does not do any sport. VS David is not very fit. He is not doing any sport. Which is grammatically correct? What is the difference in meaning?
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Should you use a plain/continuous verb after a past continuous one? E.g. 'I was feeling the fear rise/rising up…'

As an example to illustrate my question: I was feeling the fear rise up, trying to stop me, when... I was feeling the fear rising up, trying to stop me, when... I'm not sure what this type of ...
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Adjectives with -ing

Does the sentence below use present continuous, or is the word "flashing" used as adjective? The lights on your computer is flashing.
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Present Simple vs Present Continuous in “It happens because ice ____ (FLOAT) into the Atlantic Ocean.”

I've come across a grammar task for English Exam preparation. There goes a text: A survey by the Japan Agency for Science and Technology shows that Arctic ice is melting (Present Continuous is used ...
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“when you do something” or “when you are doing something”?

Tell me please if there is any difference in meaning between the following sentences. You are bending too much when you are squating. You bend too much when you squat. The context is a man ...
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“Are you hearing me” Vs. “Do you hear me”?

When I learnt English grammar I was told that some of the senses don't get "ing" of present continuous, therefore we should say "I see it now" rather than "I'm seeing it now". On the same logic, "I ...
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What is the difference in this case between present progressive and present perfect continuous

For the following questions you can answer using "I have studied for 2 hours. "I studied for 2 hours." "I am studying for 2 hours." First Question: What can she say at 4pm? "I am studying for 2 ...
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“being” usage as relative clause

I'm dwelled on usage(s) of being in the following sentence. Even with the model of memory being just physical memory, several options are possible. Can it be written alternatively as the ...
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present continuous or going to in that case

I made an order through the net to reserve a record then in the comment place I wrote "I m not going to cancel this order as I did last time with the previous one" would it be possible to write" I ...
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“have been here” vs. “have been being here”

Which one is correct? I know the present perfect continuous tense is for what. My question is here that we should use that tense when we want to say "I was here (a city) for ten years and now I am ...
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Simple or Continuous [duplicate]

I teach English It happens periodically, time to time, every monday and so on. Present SImple I am teachining English 1) It is happening right now, I am in the class 2) It's a current period of ...
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Preset Simple or Continuous

We can use Present Simple for things that happen time by time: I play this game (every day) We can use Present Continuous for things that are happening right now: I am playing this game (now) ...
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Equality of continuous and perfect tenses (in a certain context)

Would they be both correct and equal in the same context (just to mention the fact) if I said TODAY: (1)It has been raining all day. (2)It is raining all day. Would they be both correct and ...
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How can I know whether verb+ing is a main verb or a gerund or an adjective?

He is coming. Working is earning. In the first sentence, coming is a main verb and earning in second sentence is a gerund, aren't they? If the matter is that how could you explain the misleading in ...
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Using “get” in affirmative and question sentences

Sometimes I come across the sentences with get in strange (for me) place. For example: Does it get boring wearing the same clothes every day? Why get is here? Can I say different way? One more ...
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Why “we are seeing them tonight” is correct?

I don't understand why the phrase "we are seeing them tonight" is correct. I would rather say "we are going to see them tonight" because the construction "to be going to" is used when you have planned ...
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Mix of present simple and continuous

An average user of social media feels that he is underperfoming and his self-esteem is constantly decreasing. I used tenses in this sentence instinctively, and after I had finished I started to ...
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Present Simple or Present Continuous with “these days”

"These days" express the period around now. Then, I wonder, why is used the Present Simple in the following sentence?: These days I travel a lot. I’m spending more and more time away from home. (...
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Present Continuous with “always”

"We have been practicing twice a week since the beginning of this season and that has really made a difference. Now, some of the guys say that’s not necessary because we always win. " Can I use ...