PRESENT BE V-ING

PRESENT BE V-ING

Construction

The verb to be (in the simple present) + verb + ing

 

AFFIRMATIVE

NEGATIVE

INTERROGATIVE

I am eating

I am not eating

Am I eating?

You are eating

You are not eating

Are you eating?

He, she, it is eating

He, she, it is not eating

Is he, she, it eating?

We are eating

We are not eating

Are we eating?

You are eating

You are not eating

Are you eating?

They are eating

They are not eating

Are they eating?

 

We use it to talk about actions happening at the time of speaking.

Example: Where is Mary? She is having a bath. (Elle est en train de prendre son bain.)

What are you doing at the moment? You are reading this lesson. (Vous êtes en train de lire cette leçon.)

We use it to describe a scene, a picture. Example: they are sitting on the beach.

We can also use it to talk about future plans. Example : He’s leaving tomorrow.

/!\There are verbs which are normally not used in the present continuous.

Examples: be, believe, belong, hate, hear, like, love, mean, prefer, remain, realize, see, seem, smell, think, understand, want, wish

These verbs are called stative verbs in contrast to action verbs such as ‘work, play, eat, etc.’

It’s not correct to say: He is wanting to buy a new car.* You must say: He wants to buy a new car.

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