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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #67055: Present continuous
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    Present continuous


    Etudiez ces exemples :

    Sarah is in her car. She is on her way to work.

    She is driving to work.

    This means she is driving now, at the time of speaking.

    The action is not finished.

    Am/are + ing is the present continuous:


    I am    = (I'm)


    He/she/it is                       = (he's etc)


    We/you/they are               = (we're etc.)

    doing etc

    I am doing something = I'm in the middle of doing it; I've started doing it and I haven't finished yet.

    Please don't make so much noise. I'm trying to work. (not 'I try')

    Where's John? He's having a shower. (not 'he has a shower')

    Let's go out now. It isn't raining any more.(not 'it doesn't rain')

    (at a party) Hello, Jane? Are you enjoying the party? (not 'do you enjoy')

    What's all that noise? What's going on? (=what's happening)


    The action is not necessarily happening at the time of speaking. For example:


    I'm reading a really good book at the moment. It's about a man who…


     John is not reading the book at the time of speaking.

     He means that he has started it, but has not finished it yet.

     He is in the middle of reading it.




    You can use the present continuous with today/this week/this year etc. (periods around now);

    • You're working hard today. (not 'you work hard today')
    • Yes, I have a lot to do.
    • The company I work for isn't doing so well this year.


    We use the present continuous when we talk about changes happening around now, especially with these verbs:

    get / change / become / increase / rise / fall / grow / improve / begin/ start


    • Is your English getting better? (not 'does your English get better')
    • The population of the world is increasing very fast. (not 'increases')
    • At first I didn't like my job, but I'm beginning to enjoy it now. (not 'I begin')

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    1. You hard today. Yes, I have a lot to do.

    2. I for Jessy. Do you know where she is?

    3. It dark. Shall I turn on the light?

    4. They don't have anywhere to live at the moment. They with friends until they find somewhere.

    5. Things are not so good at work. The company money.

    6. Have you got an umbrella? It to rain.

    7. You a lot of noise. Can you be quieter? I am trying to concentrate.

    8. Why are all these people here? What ?

    9. The population of the world very fast.

    10. The world . Things never stay the same.

    11. The situation is already bad and it worse.

    12. The cost of living . Every year things are more expensive.

    13. The weather to improve. The rain has stopped, and the wind isn't as strong.

    14. Let's go out now. It any more.

    15. You can turn off the radio. I to it.

    16. Flora phoned me last night. She's on holiday in France. She a great time and doesn't want to come back.

    17. I want to lose weight, so this week I lunch.

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