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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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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 ...
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Present continuous for future

Rachel: I am giving Sophie the iPhone for her birthday. What (you / give) her? Fiona: I will probably get her a new purse. She keeps losing money from her old one. The answer is "What are you ...
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A being cooked pie

I can say: I am throwing a pie which I am cooking. Then I can say: I am throwing a pie which is being cooked by me Then: I am throwing a pie which is being cooked Can I say: I am ...
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“I don't like when you do something” or “I don't like when you are doing something”?

Tell me please which tense I have to use in the following sentence. I don't like it when you are sticking out/you stick out your tongue. I sometimes hear natives use the present continuous, even ...
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The use of the present continuous tense instead of the present perfect continuous tense

In a video I was watching the person said: I am working on my new book and hope to complete it soon. But at that moment, it is obvious, he wasn't writing it; he explaining phrasal verbs. Wouldn't ...
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What is the difference between “I am going home” and “I go home”?

What is the difference between these two sentences: I am going home. I go home. I know that people don't usually use the second expression, but can we use it? Also, I don't really know, if it ...
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Using present continuous in sentence

There is the sentence: Do you usually cook at weekends? Can i use present continuous? Are you usually cooking at weekends? I found this example of using present continuous on internet. At ...
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Present continuous when discussing photos

When I look at the photo, should I say The man at this photo is reading the book or The man at this photo reads the book
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Is it OK to use “now ” with the present continuous

The phrase I'm reading the book. means that someone is reading the book at the moment of speaking that phrase, "now" is assumed in the phrase. So is it OK to say I'm reading the book now.
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She still isn't feeling very well / still doesn't feel very well

I came across the following sentences: Amanda broke her leg last week. She still isn't feeling very well. Amanda broke her leg last week. She still doesn't feel very well. Can you tell ...
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Experiencing high fever

How can I express the idea "Now I am experiencing high fever" in response to an enquiry?
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Can Present Perfect Continuous and Present Continuous have the same meaning?

According to https://englishsentences.com/present-tense/ b. Present Continuous The present continuous tense describes actions and/or events that are currently happening or going on now; in ...
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present continuous for temporary state

There are some works on my road and internet is not working until next wweek. Can I use present continuous as it is temporary state or is it better to use present simple (I don't think so) and say I ...
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“Night falls”: why not continuous/progressive?

There is a series of "Nighty Night" videos for preschoolers about going to bed, e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqRDEV6BnAU. All of them begin with the sentence: Night falls. I wonder why ...
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Is it possible to write “I am knowing” in this case

I know lyrics sometimes do not respect grammar, but is it possible to use to know in the progressive form? For example - I'm not even knowing if I'm coming or going, if to end or begin. This is ...
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What is the difference: 'being collected' vs 'collected'?

What is the difference between these two sentences? Are names an important part of the information being collected? Are names an important part of the information collected?
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Present Simple or Present Continuous

I know that according to standard grammar rules in sentences with expressions of frequency such as ‘on a regular basis‘ we are recommended to opt for The Present Simple tense, but the below sentence ...
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Looking for reference of present continuous and simple past in story telling?

The sentence being: After pulling the fisherman to safety, the groomsmen returned for more wedding photos on the jetty – this time in their underwear, dripping wet and a little battered and bruised. ...
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How “lie” in present simple becomes “lying” in present continuous?

How "lie" in present simple becomes "lying" in present continuous? Where the letter y in the word 'lying' did come from, while in the infinitive form it's 'lie'? My friend came across this text-...
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because it is not being besties with your principal

Mom: Hey, Alexa, look at this. You got a note from the principal. She says she is aware of your situation , and we can count on her for any help and support we need. This is pretty cool. Alexa: Mom ...
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present continuous and present perfect

i have some question about present continuous and present perfect. first is present continuous if you "are opening" warehouse, good transport links and cheap rental costs will be a priority. what ...
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“Do you watch X” vs “Did you watch X”

So when you ask someone Do you watch X? you ask if X is still running, right? If it has stopped premiering, then does the question rephrase to Did you watch X? ?
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Paint is flaking off

I saw the verbs flake off and peel is used for these situations but I would like to ask how to inform a painter or someone about the problem in different and unambiguous ways. For example, which one ...
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What is the difference between “I still use” vs “I am still using” in this sentence?

What's the difference between : It's 2018 already and I still use an iPhone 5S. vs It's 2018 already and I am still using an iPhone 5S. Does the use of the word 'using' mean I am thinking of ...
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present continuous for a temporary habit

So now David is studying in the USA he is not coming back very often So now David is studying in the USA he won't come back very often So now David is studying in the USA he does not come very ...
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it is possible to combine present perfect continuous and past perfect continuous in a sentence?

Can we describe a continuous action after/before another continuous action in the same sentence using different continuous tenses? For instance something like that: Before I have been reading ...
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Present Simple vs Present Continious

[TLDR] Why is the "I am seeing a lady" phrase mean that the guy who's saying this means that he's dating her, that it is not only at the moment of saying it, that it happens every day and why do I ...
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Why do we use “is” in “It isn't raining now.” and “does” in “It doesn't rain very much in summer.”?

It isn't raining now. It doesn't rain very much in summer. Why in the first sentence do we use is but in the second we use does? Can someone explain in general, please?
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Which tense to use for a permanent change?

Some activities may change or resume, Which tense is better to use in such cases? Here are some examples. I used to smoke but I don't smoke now. or ... I am not smoking now. I know you never ...
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“you are pushing me away” vs. “you push me away”

Again I am wondering which version is more suitable: "Do you love me?" "I don`t know." Should the response be: "You do know that whenever you say that you don't know whether you love me ...
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whenever we drive we are contributing to global warming

I am trying to figure out what the difference is between: whenever we drive, we are helping the automobile company and are basically ruining the environment. how would the meaning change if I said:...
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WILL or continuous forms for habits - which is more common?

Which of the following is more common in everyday speech: She is always mumbling to herself when she's reading. She WILL always mumble to herself when she reads. Is that the emphatic WILL (...
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“Seeing” in weather forecasts

I know that the verb to see can be used in the Present Continuous tense if it means: to visit/to meet someone: I'm seeing my dentist tomorrow (I've got an appointment). to watch (a movie/concert/...
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What is the difference between “are being done” and “have been done”?

I have received a feedback to change the following sentence: Periodical reviews have been performed... to Periodical reviews are being performed... Which of the sentences is correct, or are ...
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I'm always taking photos (present progressive usage)

A book for improving your speaking skills teaches that you have to use present progressive to sound more impressive instead of adverbs, as for the frequency of a hobby. Like this: Question: what is ...
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All we seem to do is argue or is arguing

Another strange sentence I found in a grammar book: "All we seem to do is argue." I thought it should be arguing. I could not find the noun argue in any dictionary. Could you explain this?
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How to use must, May, Might for future and for present continuous?

Can I use them for Future tense for example "i must/may/might go to New York tomorrow". and can they be used in Present continuous form as well? For example " He must/may/might be having dinner. ...
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When to use “we're gonna be talking about” rather than “we're gonna talk about”?

Sometimes I hear people who say "we're gonna be talking about" and I really don't understand how they are different from those who say "we're gonna talk about"?" Is it not the same and it's just a ...
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“He is go to school” grammatical error

I have a sentence, He is go to school. and although He, is and go, all are in singular form. I am not sure why He is going to school sounds more accurate than He is go to school. Can anyone suggest ...
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She is not working now, because she can’t find an interesting job

Is the phrase "She is not working now, because she can’t find an interesting job." OK? To me it sounds like the author should have used Present Simple instead of Present Continuous because they are ...
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Would it be grammatical correct to say “I am promising you”?

Which one is grammatical correct "I am promising you" or "I promise you"? Book titled English Grammar in Use says the following: Sometimes we do things by saying something. For example, when you ...
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I don't care if she says no

When we want to say we don't care about something which may happen in the future. Should we use the simple present tense? Let's say I am going to ask a girl out for the first time (I never asked her ...
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While using present continuous tense should I end it with time point?

While using present continuous tense should I end it with time point (based on the grammar rules)? For example: He is studying. or He is studying now ? I was told in the past the when having ...
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Whom I am teaching?

Is "whom" in that sentence correct? She's a mother of one of my students whom I am teaching on Skype
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Is the use of a verb-ing still correct after a comma when the subject is changed?

I know that usually we use verb-ing after a comma to say the action before the comma and that after the comma happen simultaneously. (e.g. The figure for bananas continued to grow, overtaking that for ...
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I have been living in… but I have no plans on stayin there for good(confusion)

Let's say you were asked where do you live, and you included the duration. Q: Where do you live?(the setting is in another place away from your hometown) A: I live in my hometown. I've been ...
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Why is it correct “Do you enjoy swimming”?

Do you enjoy _____? - to swim -swimming -swim -to swimming Can someone explain me why the answer is swimming and not swim or to swim?
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Why is “I'm knowing” incorrect?

If "I'm thinking" is correct, why isn't "I'm knowing" correct in formal English? think+ing = thinking is correct know+ing = knowing isn't correct Why?
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Gossiping or engaging in gossip(if present continuous must be used)

Let's say you were asked about a thing you prefer doing over the other. And you say: ''I would choose to be reading books rather than gossiping about people's lives.'' OR ''I would choose to be ...
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Why can't we use “ing” continues form with “let”?

I have been talking with my friends and I used the phrase I let my nuts hanging, but they told me that I should say hang instead of hanging because of the let. I can think of other phrases like, I ...