Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Episode 41 – Grammar – Present Continuous

Arsenio's ESL Podcast
Arsenio's ESL Podcast
Arsenio's ESL Podcast: Episode 41 - Grammar - Present Continuous

The present continuous tense, which was probably never taught in grade school back in America (lol), signals a situation that is happening at the time of speaking.

I’m sitting on my bed.

You’re going home later on today.

We aren’t watching television at the moment (signal word <<<<<).

Are you using the computer?

Yes, I am/ No, I’m not.

  1. Rule I: We make the present continuous with the verb be and the -ing form of the main verb.
  2. Rule II: We use the present continuous to talk about routine things that are happening now.

1. Most verbs: add -ing: play + ing = playing; cooking

2. Verbs ending in consonant + e: take away e and add -ing: write – writing; make – making.

3. Verbs ending in one vowel + one consonant: double the consonant and add -ing: run – running; swim – swimming.


Now put the -ing form of these verbs in the correct place with the following verbs: chat, dance, do, eat, have, put, sit, study, take, tidy, wash

Extra: Make sentences (continuous form) with what’s happening in the photo.


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