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Present Progressive Tense

Present progressive tense indicates an action currently in progress or actively taking place.

  • She is talking to her friends right now.
  • We are negotiating with a new supplier.
  • The cookies are baking, and they will be ready soon.

The pattern for forming present progressive tense is as follows:

  • Present tense form of be + present participle

The present participle is the base form of the verb with –ing added to the end. If the base form of the verb ends in consonant + e drop the before adding –ing. If the base form of the verb ends in vowel + consonant, double the consonant if the word has only one syllable. (An exception to this pattern is oo + consonant, as in look or cook.)

  • march → marching
  • ache → aching
  • hit → hitting
  • But: snoop → snooping

To form the negative, place not between the auxiliary be and the present participle. To form a question, move the auxiliary to the beginning of the sentence, before the subject.

  • She is talking to her friends.
  • She is not talking to her friends.
  • Is she talking to her friends?

The verb go is a special case among present progressive tense verbs. Go is often used in a specific construction:

  • Present tense form of be + going + to + base form of another verb

This construction always expresses actions that are going to happen in the future, and it is often used interchangeably with simple future tense.

  • We are going to have a barbecue on Saturday.
  • am going to tell him what I really think.
  • The Cubs are going to win the World Series this year.

Of course, it is also possible to use go as an ordinary present progressive tense verb.

  • am going to the movies with Lisa.

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