Continuous or Progressive Form (Aspect)

The continuous form is used when an action has occurred and the action is continuing. Often known as the “ing” form

Present Continuous

When something has stated and is still happening at the same time the person is talking about it. We form it by using the present tense of be + present participle (the root word + ‑ing).

  • He is finding the work hard
  • Are you eating all the chocolate?
  • I is not taking the bus home.
  • She is arguing the point.

Past Continuous

The past continuous form is used to refer to temporal situations when something happened in the past continued to occur, but has now ceased. It’s made with the past tense of be + the present participle (the root word = ‑ing).

  • He was finding his car keys
  • Were you eating all the chocolate?
  • I was not taking the bus home.
  • She was arguing the point.

Future Continuous

The future continuous relates one action in the future to another specific action or time. It is made by using will + be + present participle (root word + ‑ing).

  • He will be going to the party tonight
  • Will you be eating dinner tonight?
  • They will not be taking the bus home.
  • She will be arguing the point.

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