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Present Continuous Tense: Lesson and Practice Questions

Present Continuous Tense: Usage, Structure and Examples

  • Usage:

    • Used for general truths, habits, routines, and permanent situations.
  • Structure:

    • Affirmative: Subject + base form of the verb (e.g., He works).
    • Negative: Subject + do/does + not + base form of the verb (e.g., She does not work).
    • Interrogative: Do/Does + subject + base form of the verb? (e.g., Do they work?).
  • Examples:

    • She plays the guitar.
    • They don’t eat meat.
    • Do you like coffee?

Present Continuous Tense: Practice Questions

Affirmative:

  1. She ____________ (read) a book right now.

    a. is reading
    b. read
    c. reads

  2. We ____________ (play) tennis at the moment.

    a. plays
    b. playing
    c. are playing

  3. They ____________ (watch) a movie this evening.

    a. are watch
    b. are watching
    c. watching

  4. I ____________ (cook) dinner for my family now.

    a. is cooking
    b. am cooking
    c. cooks

  5. The sun ____________ (shine) brightly today.

    a. is shining
    b. shines
    c. shine

Answers: (Affirmative)

1. a, 2. c, 3. b, 4. b, 5. a

Negative:

  1. He usually ____________ (study) at night, but he ____________ (not, study) right now.
    a. studies / not studying
    b. is studying / not studying
    c. is studying / not study

  2. My friends ____________ (travel) to Paris this week, but they ____________ (not, travel) today.

    a. travel / not travels
    b. travels / not traveling
    c. are traveling / are not traveling

  3. It ____________ (rain) today, but it ____________ (not, rain) at the moment.

    a. rains / not raining
    b. is raining / is not raining
    c. rain / not raining

  4. The children ____________ (play) in the park every day, but they ____________ (not, play) now.

    a. play / not playing
    b. are playing / are not playing
    c. plays / not play

  5. She ____________ (teach) English normally, but she ____________ (not, teach) today.

    a. teaches / not teaches
    b. is teaching / is not teaching
    c. teaching / not teach

Answers: (Negative)

1. b, 2. c, 3. b, 4. b, 5. b

Interrogative:

  1. ____________ they ____________ (swim) in the pool right now?

    a. Are / swim
    b. Do / swim
    c. Is / swimming

  2. ____________ he ____________ (write) a letter at the moment?

    a. Do / writes
    b. Is / writing
    c. Does / write

  3. ____________ you ____________ (listen) to music now?

    a. Are / listen
    b. Do / listening
    c. Is / listening

  4. ____________ the birds ____________ (sing) in the trees today?

    a. Do / sing
    b. Is / singing
    c. Are / singing

  5. ____________ we ____________ (have) a meeting at the office this afternoon?

    a. Do / have
    b. Is / having
    c. Are / having

Answers: (Interrogative)

1. a, 2. b, 3. c, 4. c, 5. C

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