Present Simple Continuous Tense

Topics: Grammatical tenses, Grammatical tense, Past tense Pages: 2 (256 words) Published: September 10, 2011
Formulae: subject + auxiliary verb(be)+ main verb (base + ing)

*auxiliary is a helping verb like do or does

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WHEN DO WE USE PRESENT SIMPLE CONTINUOUS TENSE?
We use the present simple continuous tense when: * action happening now
* action in the future
Note:
* We can also use the present continuous tense to talk about the future - if we add a future word * We must add (or understand from the context) a future word. * "Future words" include, for example, tomorrow, next year, in June, at Christmas etc. * We only use the present continuous tense to talk about the future when we have planned to do something before we speak. * We must have already made a decision and a plan before speaking.

Tessa is not at home.

Past Present Future
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The situation is now.
John drives a taxi.

Past Present Future
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It is John's job to drive a taxi. He does it every day. Past, present and future.

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EXAMPLES

| subject| auxiliary verb| | main verb| |
positive| I, you, we, they| | | like| coffee.|
| He, she, it| | | likes| coffee.|
negative| I, you, we, they| do| not| like| coffee.|
| He, she, it| does| not| like| coffee.|
question| Do| I, you, we, they| | like| coffee?|
| Does| he, she, it| | like| coffee?|

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I am a fan of Twilight.

This is the truth, so we have to use the present simple tense.

The sun rises from the east.
This is a fact or a truth...
So we have to use simple present tense
FURTHER EXAMPLE OF SIMPLE PRESENT TENSE
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