In English grammar, the present progressive is a verb construction comprised of a present form of the verb plus a present participle that usually conveys a sense of ongoing action at the present time. This construction is also known as the durative aspect. The present progressive is used to describe an activity currently in progress. For example, "I am reading right now." Notice this construction is distinct from the simple present ("I read"), the present perfect ("I have read"), and the present perfect progressive ("I have been reading").
- The team members ______________ late to finish the bid. (stay)
- What _______Arnie ____________ over there? (do)
- _______ you __________ a big wedding? (plan)
- Tim is helping you put the lights up, ___________?
- The computers _____ finally ____________ like they’re supposed to. (run)
- _________ Ann _________ in from New York tonight? (fly)
- The customers aren’t getting the price quote this week, ____________?
Subject A form of be + Verbing (Present Participle) Rest of Sentence I am taking my final exam tomorrow He / She / It is sweeping the floor at the moment You / We / They are giving me a headache
Use the Present Continuous with Normal Verbs to express the idea that something is happening now, at this very moment. It can also be used to show that something is not happening now.
The present continuous puts emphasis on the course or duration of an action.
The present continuous is used for actions going on in the moment of speaking and for actions taking place only for a short period of time. It is also used to express development and actions that are arranged for the near future.