The Present Progressive (also called the Present Continuous) tense is formed with two words, the “be” verb and a base verb+ing. This is the same for all verbs, regular and irregular.
This post will show you how to form the Present Progressive. To see how to use the Present Progressive, click here.
|Subject||Be||Base Verb + ing|
|Subject||Be||Not||Base Verb + ing|
|You||are||not||doing||anything right now.|
|You’re not (or) You aren’t||cleaning||the house.|
|He’s not (or) He isn’t||singing||loudly.|
|It’s not (or) It isn’t||going||to rain today.|
|We’re not (or) We aren’t||driving||today.|
|They’re not (or) They aren’t||doing||much.|
|You’re not (or) You aren’t||brushing||your teeth.|
|Be||Subject||Base Verb + ing|
|Are||you||going||to school today?|
|Are||they||coming||to the party?|
|Are||you (plural)||waiting||for me?|
|Wh- Word||Be||Subject||Base Verb + ing|
|How||am||I||doing||in this class?|
|How||are||you||making||so much money?|
|Why||am||I||working||at this terrible job?|
|Wh- word (subject)||Be||Subject||Base Verb + ing|
|No||Subject + Be + Not|
|No,||they/you (plural) aren’t.|
*Do not use contractions in affirmative short answers.
✔ Yes, I am.
✘ Yes, I’m.
✔ Yes, we are.
✘ Yes, we’re.