Conjugation & verb forms of the present continuous

(Formation of the present continuous tense in English)

Table of contents – conjugation present continuous

On this page you will find the following:

  1. Formation of the present continuous
  2. Verb forms of the present continuous
  3. Further explanations and exercises

Formation of the present continuous or present progressive

The present continuous (it can also be called present progressive) is basically formed by conjugating the auxiliary verb ‘to be’ in the present tense and the corresponding verb in the continuous form (ing-form / present participleing-form / Present Participle).

  • Some examples for the use and formation of the present continuous in sentences:
    • “Peter is in the kitchen and is reading a book at the moment.”
    • “Sally and Ann are playing tennis.”

Verb forms of the present continuous/progressive

Example verb: ‘to talk

Positive/affirmative sentences

Person Positive Short form Interrogative form Short form of question
I I am talking. I’m talking. Am I talking?
we/you/they You are talking. You’re talking. Are you talking?
he/she/it He is talking. He’s talking. Is he talking?

Negative sentences

Person Negative Short form Interrogative form Short form of question
I I am not talking. I’m not talking. Am I not talking? Aren’t* I talking?
we/you/they You are not talking. You’re not talking. Are you not talking? Aren’t you talking?
he/she/it He is not talking. He’s not talking. Is he not talking? Isn’t he talking?

*Attention: This is a special form. In the 1st person singular ‘aren’t’ is used.

Further explanations relating to the ‘Conjugation of the present progressive/continuous’

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