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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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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Present tense vs passive present continuous tense [closed]

I am still often confused about which one to use when it comes to these types. Please consider the following: What about the correspondence you ARE ASSIGNED/ARE BEING ASSIGNED to? Situation: I asked ...
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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 ...
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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 week. 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 ...