Present Continuous Tense

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Table of Contents:
* Lesson Aims
* Present Continuous Forms (Singular/Plural)
* Signal Words
* Usage
* Rules
* Differentiation Present Simple - Present Continuous
* Present Continuous Exercises 
* Video Explanation (in Dutch)

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Lesson Aims:
* Understanding differences between the present tense in both the simple form and the continuous form. 
* Understanding how to recognize/use the form in both a grammatical and communicative manner. 

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Present Continuous Forms:
Formal:                                                                                      Informal:
Singular:                                                                                   Singular:
I am  + V + ing                                                                         I'm + V + ing 
You are + V + ing                                                                   You're + V + ing 
He/She/It is + V + ing                                                          He's / She's/It's + V + ing 

Plural:                                                                                         Plural 
We/They/You are + V + ing                                                We're/ They're/You're + V + ing 

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Signal words:
- Ajax is playing on NOS (right now/later/today). 
- We are coming over tonight at 9 PM. 
- Look! The birds are flying in droves! 
- We are going to see Space Jam this evening.  
- We are leaving right now. 
- Today we are going to have a quiz. 
- We are not taking any orders at the/this moment.
- He is going to be the next victim.  
- Currently, it is raining. 
- Shut up! I am talking! 

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Spelling present continuous:
Spelling changes for the following words:

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* An action that is occurring at a particular moment. 
* An action that will (or will not) occur in the upcoming future. 
* To describe a temporary situation. 

Time expressions: now, currently 

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Tip on understanding present continuous:
Look out the window, and see what is happening at that particular moment! 

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The train is departing the station. (at that particular moment)

The flight to Paris is departing at 13:43. 
An action that will (or will not) take place in the near future. 

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An action that will (or will not) take place in the near future.
(It didn't happen by the way)

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To describe a temporary situation:

I am / I'm staying (over at a friend's house for a few days. 

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To emphasize the frequency of actions/irritations.
Key words: always / constantly

Donald Trump is (still) constantly complaining about the 2020 election results. 
Donald Trump is always blaming others for mistakes. 

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Differentiation Present Simple - Present Continuous:

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Present Continuous Exercises:
Multiple choice and fill-in-the-blanks questions. 

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Which verb forms are in the Present Continuous?
infinitive + -ed
infinitive + -ing
to have + infinitive + -ing
to be + infinitive + -ing

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Which verb forms are correct?
She is rideing
She is loving
He is riding
She is putting

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We (to make) sandwiches.
am making
have made
are making

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What is a signal word for Present Continuous?

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Make a negation with the sentence.
The girls are riding their bikes.

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Fill in the blank:
Look! Peter and Mark (to fight) ........ in the hallway!

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Fill in the blank:
Joep (to swap)..... Donald Duck comic books with David (right now).

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Listen! Amber (to come) ...... home!

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Following lesson:
Present Perfect Tense

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