We use Present Continuous to talk about a temporary idea or something that is happening at the time of speaking.
Let’s check how the Present Continuous is formed:
Affirmative: SUBJ + TO BE + ING
I am working now.
Negative: SUBJ + TO BE + NOT + ING
I am not working now.
Question: TO BE + SUBJ + ING
Are you working now?
Yes, I am. / No, I’m not.
Some adverbs used with Present Continuous:
- right now
- at the moment
- this week/month/etc
Some verbs are called stative verbs, they don’t describe actions. They describe states (feelings, thoughts, etc). They are not normally used in continuous tenses.
I like reading books. (correct)
I am liking reading books. (incorrect)
Some common stative verbs:
like – love – want – know – understand – remember – depend – prefer – hate – need – mean – believe – forget
You can practice Present Continuous with the following exercises: