Form of the Present Continuous

How do we form the Present Continuous?

We use a form of to be (am, are or is), the infinitive and the ending ing.

1. Affirmative sentences in the Present Continuous

  • I am playing tennis.
  • You are playing tennis.
  • He is playing tennis.
  • She is playing tennis.
  • It is playing tennis.
  • We are playing tennis.
  • You are playing tennis.
  • They are playing tennis.

► Use am with I, is with he, she, it  and are with all other pronouns.

2. Negative sentences in the Present Continuous

  • I am not playing tennis.
  • You are not playing tennis.
  • He is not playing tennis.
  • She is not playing tennis.
  • It is not playing tennis.
  • We are not playing tennis.
  • You are not playing tennis.
  • They are not playing tennis.

Short/contracted forms in the Present Continuous