Present Continues Tense Rules & Sentences In English

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Present Continues Tense Rules in English – With Sentences

Below is the Present Continues Tenses:



Affirmative: Subject + is/am/are + V1 + ing + object +….

  • I am serving.
  • You are serving.
  • We are serving.
  • He is serving.
  • They are serving.

Negative: Subject +  is not/am not / are not +  ing + Object

  • I am not serving.
  • You are not serving.
  • He is not serving.

Interrogative: Is/am/are + Subject + V1 + ing + Object +….?

  • Is he serving?
  • Am I serving?
  • Are you serving?


  1. It is used to refer to an action that is going on at the moment of speaking.
  • She is ridiculing the poor.
  • | am anxiously waiting for you.
  • Naila is writing a letter.
  • Is it raining outside?
  • What are you planning for the future?

Note: There are certain verbs (Verbs of Perception, e.g; see, feel, hear, taste, smell) that are not generally used in the continuous tenses. The tense form of the Present Indefinite Tense is used if some continuous action is to be expressed:

  • I smell something foul near the bus stop (Not smelling)
  • I feel gripping pain in my stomach.
  • I do not hear the noise.
  • I see someone trying to climb up the hill.
  • Do you taste anything strange in the pudding?

Some verbs of perception may, however, be used in the continuous tense form, when they have special meaning:

  • Thousands of people are seeing their leaders off (bidding farewell to) at the Lahore airport.
  • I am seeing (meeting) him this evening.
  • There is pitch dark in the room: he is feeling (groping) his way along the wall.
  • My aunt is not hearing very well these days (has become rather deaf).


  1. For an action in the future especially with verbs of movement like go, come, do, etc.


  • We are going to Karachi next wee
  • What are you doing next Sunday?
  • My friend is coming in the last week of May.
  • The airplane is leaving for Lahore at 11:00 p.m.


  1. Certain verbs denote the state of mind, feelings, or relationship, They are generally used the Present Indefinite Tense, instead of Present Continuous Tense:


  • I love
  • My friend understands
  • I know your father.
  • My brother hates
  • These mills belong to the Sails.
  • I do not possess any house.
  • This suit fits you very well.
  • I think that he is speaking the truth.
  • Abida remembers what you told her.
  • You appear ill today.
  • I suppose that this book contains useful information.


Note: The verbs which are not usually used in the progressive forms are çalled Stative Verbs.


  1. It is used to refer to an action happening now but not necessarily at the moment of speaking.


  1. The Professor is working on a secret project.
  2. `I am learning a second language.
  3. He is teaching Urdu and learning.
  4. I am reading a play by Shakespeare.

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