Questions in the Present Continuous

1. Questions without question words in the Present Continuous

Auxiliary Subject Verb Rest Yes/No Subject Auxiliary (+ n’t)
Are you cooking dinner? Yes,
No,
I
I
am.
am not.
Is Susan playing tennis? Yes,
No,
No,
she
she
she
is.
is not.
isn’t.
Are they working hard? Yes,
No,
No,
they
they
they
are.
are not.
aren’t.

2 Questions with question words in the Present Continuous

Question word Auxiliary Subject Verb Rest Answer
What are you doing tonight? I am going to the cinema.
Where is Susan going?   She is driving to work.
Why are they standing over there? They are standing there
because they want to buy concert tickets.

► Use is with the 3rd person singular (he, she, it), am with the 1st person singular (I) and in all other persons are.

Add ing to the infinitive.