Present Continuous 2

Present Continuous Grammar Guide

Form

For Present Continuous form click here

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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Further topics

For fundamental functions of the Present Continuous click here

For differences between Present Simple and Present Continuous click  here

For stative and dynamic verbs click here

For Present Continuous functions in the future click here

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