Present Progressive

1. Use of the Present Progressive

1.1. actions happening at the moment of speaking

Peter is reading a book now.

1.2. fixed plan in the near future

We are going to Basel on Saturday.

1.3. temporary actions

I am working in Rome this month.

1.4. actions happening around the moment of speaking (longer actions)

My friend is preparing for his exams.

1.5. trends

More and more people are using their computers to listen to music.

1.6. repeated actions which are irritating to the speaker (with always, constantly, forever)

Andrew is always coming late.

2. Signal words

  • now
  • at the moment
  • Look!
  • Listen!

3. Form

to be (am, are, is) + Infinitiv + -ing

4. Examples

4.1. Affirmative sentences in the Present Progressive

Long forms Contracted forms
I am playing football. I'm playing football.
You are playing football. You're playing football.
He is playing football. He's playing football.

4.2. Negative sentences in the Present Progressive

Long forms Contracted forms
I am not playing football. I'm not playing football.
You are not playing football. You're not playing football.
You aren't playing football.
He is not playing football. He's not playing football.
He isn't playing football.

4.3. Questions in the Present Progressive

Long forms Contracted forms
Am I playing football? not possible
Are you playing football?
Is he playing football?