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Uses of PRESENT CONTINUOUS 5. Development, changing situations.

Uses of PRESENT CONTINUOUS 5. Development, changing situations.

The population of China is rising very fast.

The sentence describes a development from one situation to another.

Signal words are not that common here, only sometimes the change of situation is emphasized by using more and more.

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Uses of PRESENT CONTINUOUS 5. Repetition and Irritation with Always

Uses of PRESENT CONTINUOUS 5. Repetition and Irritation with Always

he is always coming late to class.

The present continuous with words such as always or constantly expresses the idea that something irritating or shocking often happens. Notice that the meaning is like Simple Present, but with negative emotion.

Remember to put the words always or constantly between be and verb +ing.

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Other examples

Other examples

He is constantly talking.

I wish he would shut up.

I dont like them because they are always complaining.

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active

active

Right now, Tom is writing the letter.

passive

Right now, the letter is being written.

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exercises:

exercises:

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Present continuous

Present continuous

Using the words in parentheses, complete the text below with the appropriate present continuous tense. 1. Shhhhh ! Be quiet! John (sleep) _. 2. Don't forget to take your umbrella. It (rain) _. 3. I hate living in Seattle because it (rain, always) _. 4. I'm sorry I can't hear what you (say) because everybody (talk) so loudly. 5. Justin _(write, currently) a book about his adventures in Tibet. I hope he can find a good publisher when he is finished. 6. Jim: Do you want to come over for dinner tonight? Denise: Oh, I'm sorry, I can't. I (go) to a movie tonight with some friends.

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PRESENT CONTINUOUS

PRESENT CONTINUOUS

Using the words in parentheses, complete the text below with the appropriate present continuous tense. 1. Shhhhh ! Be quiet! John (sleep) _is sleeping . 2. Don't forget to take your umbrella. It (rain) _. 3. I hate living in Seattle because it (rain, always) _. 4. I'm sorry I can't hear what you (say) because everybody (talk) so loudly. 5. Justin _(write, currently) a book about his adventures in Tibet. I hope he can find a good publisher when he is finished. 6. Jim: Do you want to come over for dinner tonight? Denise: Oh, I'm sorry, I can't. I (go) to a movie tonight with some friends.

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