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Present

Past

Past to Present

Future

Abilities - Responsibilities

Asking Questions

Choosing the Right Phrase

Combining Verbs

Explaining Ideas

Describing Your World

Complex Ideas

Relating Ideas, People, Objects

Speaking about Objects

Wondering about Situations

Happening Right Now

Present Continuous

To express what is happening at the present moment in time use the present continuous. The present continuous is also sometimes referred to as the present progressive.

The "Tea Party" is meeting this morning to protest a bill on health reform.

Profits for this fiscal year are improving.

The company's lower book value is forcing its liquidation this month.

Another use of the present continuous is to express what is happening around the current period of time. This is often used in work settings when discussing a project that is currently in progress.

Our short-term debt is running low this quarter.

Positive Form:

Subject + to be + verb + ing + (object(s))

We are buying donuts at your expense.

Negative Form:

Subject + to be + not + verb + ing + (object(s))

John's stock portfolio isn't making much money in this economy.

Question Form:

(Wh-) + to be + verb + ing?

NOTE: Common time expressions used with the present continuous include:

at the moment
currently
this week
today
now

Example:

At the moment, I am going into the vault to open her safety deposit box.

The company's lower book value is forcing its liquidation this month.

Stative Verbs

Stative verbs express a state. Action verbs express an action, or task that someone performs.

Stative are never used in continuous forms. Here is a list of common stative verbs:

believe
understand
think (opinion)
want
hope
smell
taste
feel
sound
look
seem
appear

Example:

He sounds less than enthused about it.

He feels like the price is not negotiable.

It sounds like a share issue is forthcoming for Ford Motor Company.