Present Continuous Tense

In English, we have the verb “to be” at the beginning of all main tenses, for example, I am, you are, she is, we are. it means that the action described by a verb (e.g. I play) has not finished yet.

We use the present continuous to say that an action is going on right now or will be continuing in the future. In order to express the idea that an action will continue in the future we use the present continuous with the auxiliary verb “be”.


  • I am playing.
  • You are playing.
  • He is playing.

It is better to use this tense when the action happens at every moment. “I am learning French.” is better than “I learn French”.

Present Continuous is also used to talk about annoying repeated actions. Thus:

  • He is always making a mess.
  • She is always in trouble.
  • He is always causing problems.