Form of the Present Progressive

How do we form the Present Progressive?

We use a form of to be (am, are or is), the infinitive of the verb and the ending –ing.

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

1. Affirmative sentences in the Present Progressive

  • I am playing volleyball.
  • You are playing volleyball.
  • He is playing volleyball.
  • She is playing volleyball.
  • It is playing volleyball.
  • We are playing volleyball.
  • You are playing volleyball.
  • They are playing volleyball.

► Use am with I,
is
with he, she, it
and with all other pronouns are.

2. Negative sentences in the Present Progressive

  • I am not playing volleyball.
  • You are not playing volleyball.
  • He is not playing volleyball.
  • She is not playing volleyball.
  • It is not playing volleyball.
  • We are not playing volleyball.
  • You are not playing volleyball.
  • They are not playing volleyball.

Short/contracted forms in the Present Progressive