Present Continuous Tense is used to express the idea that something is happening now
, at this very moment
You are learning English now.
You are not swimming now.
Are you sleeping?
I am sitting.
I am not standing.
Is he sitting or standing?
They are reading their books.
They are not watching television.
What are you doing?
Time: Longer Actions in Progress Now
In English, "now" can mean: this second, today, this month, this year, this century, and so on. Sometimes, we use the Present Continuous to say that we are in the process of doing a longer action which is in progress; however, we might not be doing it at this exact second.
I am studying to become a doctor (the process of studying is until the time before he becomes a doctor in the future).
I am reading the book Tom Sawyer.
Are you working on any special projects at work?
Aren't you teaching at the university now?
Time: Near Future
Sometimes, speakers use the Present Continuous to indicate that something will or will not
happen in the near
I am meeting some friends after work.
I am not going to the party tonight.
Is he visiting his parents next weekend?
Isn't he coming with us tonight?
Time: Repetition and Irritation with "Always"
The Present Continuous with words such as "always" or "constantly" expresses the idea that something irritating or shocking often happens. Notice that the meaning is like Simple Present, but with negative emotion
. Remember to put the words "always" or "constantly" between "be" and "verb+ing.
She is always coming to class late.
He is constantly talking. I wish he would shut up.
I don't like them because they are always complaining.