Present Progressive Tense: Learn English Grammar

Present Progressive Tense
This is the second in our Learn English grammar series. Yesterday, we talked about the simple present tense.
Today, we’ll talk about the present progressive tense. This is also known as present continuous.

Examples of Present Progressive Tense

  • You are speaking.
  • I am running.
  • He is dancing.
  • She is swimming.
  • They are jumping.
  • We are reading.

Present Progressive Tense: What is it?

The Present Progressive Tense is used to talk about something that is true and happening in the present moment. It doesn’t assume that it was true in the past.
It can also be used to describe something that will occur in the future.
An example: He is speaking tomorrow at five.
This is still the Present Progressive Tense because it is true at the moment. So, when you are describing it, it is going to be occuring in the future.
It refers to a continuous action. “He is swimming” is used when he was doing it a short while ago and hasn’t stopped.


Subject + is + present participle (verb + ing)

Issues with Pronunciation: The Present Progressive tense.

Often, people will contract the subject (You, I, He, She) with the verb ‘to be’ (is, am, are.) This means that sentences will sound differently to how they are constructed with the form above. We’ll use the examples from earlier on in the piece:

  • “You are speaking” can be pronounced “You’re speaking.”
  • “I am running” can be pronounced “I’m running.”
  • “He is dancing” can be pronounced “He’s dancing.”
  • “She is swimming”can be pronounced “She’s swimming.”
  • “They are jumping”can be pronounced “They’re Jumping.”
  • “We are reading” can be pronounced “We’re reading.”

This is common for a lot of simple grammar, because when people speak they want to convey information in the quickest and simplest way. Make sure to check that you don’t miss learning contractions. If you’re learning a language other than English, make sure to check if there are similar rules in the language you’re learning.


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