Overview of All English Tenses - Present Tenses - Present Continuous - Overview

 

Now, let's take a look at the present continuous tense. The continuous tense is used to talk about actions in progress at the time of speaking or around the time of speaking. The first thing to notice with the continuous tense is that we must use the verb plus '-ing' form, also known as the present participle. You'll see it in any continuous tense, especially with the present continuous. We have three different forms of this tense. First, we have the subject 'I' used with 'am teaching'. Then, we have 'you', 'we' and 'they are teaching'. Finally, we've got 'he', 'she' 'it is teaching'. The 'am', 'are' and 'is' are forms of the verb 'to be' and here with this tense is used as an auxiliary verb or a helping verb. In order to form negative sentences, we simply add the word 'not' between our helping verb and our main verb plus '-ing'. To form the questions for the present continuous tense, again what we've done, is inverted our helping verbs and our subjects resulting in questions like 'Am i teaching?' 'Are you teaching?' and 'Is he teaching?'.


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In this unit I was not familiar with at all I knew what the present meant and the past but I never heard of the different forms they could be used or how they were named this was a real learning experience for me and was quite difficult to really understand am not quite sure if still understand it fully this is one that I will be doing a lot of reading onWhen dealing with students struggling with listening texts, first make sure that the equipment is working. Then it's a good idea to pre-teach any difficult vocabulary. When students are reluctant to participate in class, encouragement, pair work, and role play helps. Students are more comfortable communicating in smaller groups, rather than larger groups.


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