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Present continuous tense: Correct Use of  PRESENT CONTINUOUS TENSE : 1.     Present continuous tense shows an action going on in the p...

English For Campus Placements - Correct Use of Present Continuous Tense

Present continuous tense:
1.    Present continuous tense shows an action going on in the present. It is formed with am, is and are followed by the continuous form of the verb.
Eg: 1. I am reading a book.
 2. We are going to college.
 3. They are going away.
 4. Shilpi Sharma is singing sweetly.
 5. He is coming to our house.
 6. It is barking loudly.
 7. The child is crying.
 8. Listen, somebody is knocking at the door.
 9. What are you reading ?
 10. Where are you going ?

2.    Present continuous tense used for an action that is planned or arranged to take place in the near future.

Eg: 1. I am going to the film to-night.
 2. My brother Shastri  is arriving tomorrow.
 3. We are going to visit kashmir.
 4. Mukharjee is joining his new job on the first.
 5. They are going to construct a house.
 6. They are going to marry on 24th August.
 7. I am buying a car next month.


3.    After the expressions like accustomed to, habituated to, averse to, addicted to, look forward to, used to, became used to etc., we must use verbal noun or continuous form of the verb.
Eg: 1. She is habituated to singing.
 2.  They are addicted to drinking wine.
 3.  I look forward to seeing you.
 4.  They are averse to fishing .
 5.  She got fused to coming late.
 6.  We became used to talking in the class.

4.    The - ing form of the verb or ‘verbal noun’ is used as an object after some verbs like avoid, stop, start, like, love, hate, finish, begin, enjoy, miss etc.,
Eg: 1.  She avoided seeing him.
 2.  I love swimming in the sea.
 3.  We like singing songs.
 4.  The children enjoy playing in the park.
 5.  I hate telling lies.
 6.  I have finished writing the letter.
 7.  I have missed seeing the film.
 8.  We started reading books.
 9.  They stopped working to take rest.
 10. They began dancing.

5.    The verbs see, hear, feel, notice, watch, find, observe, keep, catch etc., are used with an object followed by ‘ing’ form.
Eg: 1. We saw Gopal crossing the bridge.
 2. I heard somebody knocking at the door.
 3. He felt his heart beating.
 4.  They kept her waiting.
 5.  We observed her dancing.
 6.  We watched them playing.
 7.  She found him running on the road.
 8.  She caught the thief opening the doors.

6.    An action that begins at an indefinite time before and is taking place at the present moment.
Ex: He is writing a letter.
They are playing chess.
My mother is cooking food.

7.    For a temporary action which may not be actually happening at the time of speaking.
Ex: I am reading a novel by Robin Sharma.
     I am studying in Ideal college.
     He is going to Chennai tomorrow.

8.    Some verbs are often used in the present continuous tense.  Though they describe the present actions we use the simple present tense. These are the chief verbs of this type.
a)    For mental status and processes: agree,believe,disagree,disbelieve,doubt,find,foresee,forget,imagine,know,mean,recall,recognize,
Recollect, remember, suppose, think, trust,
b)    For desires: want, wish, desire, need.
c)    For sensations: smell, hear, see, notice, taste.
d)    For likes and dislikes: detest, like, dislike, love, hate, prefer, mind, object to, please, feel, forgive.

e)    Miscellaneous: seem, signify, appear, belong, owe, own, possess, contain, consist, keep, concern, matter.