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    Present continuous tense


    This tense is used to talk about an action taking place at the time of speaking. We can also use this tense to talk about actions taking place for a limited period of time which is not necessarily happening at the time of speaking about it.

    For instance consider the following sentences:

    aL Look! How beautifully Sachin Tendulkar is batting (action happening now!)

    b    I am reading with real interest the Bible these days ( action not actually happening now but something which will take place for a limited period of time)

    The present continuous tense is formed by using am/are + the –ing form of the given verb.

    For instance :

    a    I ______ ( read ) abook.

    Answer.  I am reading a book

         They _________ ( play )now.

    Answer.  They are playing now 

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    1. Right now he (study) hard for the examination he is taking tomorrow.

    2. I wonder why they (shout) so much. Listen!

    3. She (gobble) down her food and I can only wonder why she is in such a hurry.

    4. It (rain) cats and dogs this morning.

    5. I wonder why he (work) so hard today!

    6. These days I (learn) German because I am fascinated by this language.

    7. He (jump) about like a monkey and irritating one and all.

    8. My grandpa (forget) almost everything these days.

    9. She (browse) through the Internet and thus wasting her time.

    10. They (do) their homework now and thus cannot enjoy the programme.

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