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For Present Continuous form click here

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Further Functions


We use the Present Continuous to:

  • talk about temporary states

A state that is true around the moment of speaking but temporary

Are they living together now?

Only until she finds a new flat.

What do you want to do while you are staying here?

  • talk about repeated temporary events

A repeated action which we believe to be temporary

He is living in Glasgow while he finishes the contract

I'm not eating ice cream this month

  • talk about change

the present continuous can be used to talk about a gradual change

They are building a new football stadium on the old factory site

James is getting better after his accident.

  • to criticise consistent unwanted behaviour

the present continuous is often used with adverbs of frequency to complain about behaviour that is unwanted

She is always cleaning the house. It drives me mad

I'm constantly losing my glasses!

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Related Topics

Present Continuous form and function here   

What is happening now 

Present Simple form and function here            

Facts/Opinions/Habitual Actions. Exceptions & Spelling notes

Present Simple further functions here              

Instructions & Directions/Stories & Commentaries/Performative utternaces/Newspaper Headlines

Present Simple or Present Continuous here

Permananent or Temporary states/Stative or Dynamic verbs

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