Present Progressive/Continuous - Form

Present Progressive/Continuous
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Form of affirmative, negative sentences and questions
Special verbs
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Present Progressive - Complex Test 1 Complex Test 2
Exercises - Present Progressive

Form of the Present Progressive/Continuous

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) + infinitive + -ing

Affirmative sentences:

I am playing volleyball.
He/she/it is playing volleyball.
We/you/they are playing volleyball.

NOTE: Use am with I - is with he, she, it - and with all other pronouns are.

We often use short forms in affirmative sentences in the Present Progressive.

Negative sentences:

I am not playing volleyball.
He/she/it is not playing volleyball.
We/you/they are not playing volleyball.

NOTE: We often use short forms in negative sentences in the Present Progressive.


In the Present Progressive we put the auxiliary (am, are or is) before the subject
(Auxiliary - Subject - Verb - Rest). see: Questions in Present Progressive

Am I playing volleyball?
Is he/she/it playing volleyball?
Are we/you/they playing volleyball?

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