Present Progressive/Continuous - Special verbs

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

Special verbs in the Present Progressive

There are verbs which are normally not used in the Present Progressive, like:
be, believe, belong, hate, hear, like, love, mean, prefer, remain, realize, see, seem, smell, think, understand, want, wish

We sometimes use these words in the Present Progressive in the following situations:

He's seeing his father tomorrow. (fixed date)

The group is seeing the sights of Paris. (see in connection with tourists)

They are having a great time in Kapstadt. (have as an activity verb)

What's the matter with you? What are you thinking? - (to be worried about sth.)

If you are not sure with these verbs, use a good dictionary.

1) have as a full verb
affirmative sentence negative sentence question
I am having a bath. I am not having a bath. Am I having a bath?
he, she, it:
He is having a bath. He is not having a bath. Is he having a bath?
we, you, they:
We are having a bath. We are not having a bath. Are we having a bath?

1) do as a full verb
affirmative sentence negative sentence question
I am doing an exercise. I am not doing an exercise. Am I doing an exercise?
he, she, it:
He is doing an exercise. He is not doing an exercise. Is he doing an exercise?
we, you, they:
We are doing an exercise. We are not doing an exercise. Are we doing an exercise?

We often use the short forms with these verbs.

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