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The present progressive tense
Uses of the present progressive tense
to denote time around now
We use the present progressive to talk about temporary actions and situations that are going on ‘around now’.
The present progressive suggests that the action began before the moment of speaking; it is going on at the moment of speaking and will probably go on after the moment of speaking.
developing and changing situations
The present progressive can be used to talk about developing and changing situations.
talking about the future
We often use the present progressive to talk about the future.
Verbs that refer to physical feelings (e.g. hurt, ache, feel) can often be used in simple or progressive tenses without much difference of meaning.
verbs not used in progressive forms
There are some verbs which are never or hardly ever used in progressive forms.
Some other verbs are not used in progressive forms when they have certain meanings.
Formation of questions and negatives
Sentences in the present continuous tenses can be converted into questions by putting be before the subject.
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