Overview of All English Tenses - Present Tenses - Present Continuous - Overview


Now, let's take a look at the present continuous tense. The continuous tense is used to talk about actions in progress at the time of speaking or around the time of speaking. The first thing to notice with the continuous tense is that we must use the verb plus '-ing' form, also known as the present participle. You'll see it in any continuous tense, especially with the present continuous. We have three different forms of this tense. First, we have the subject 'I' used with 'am teaching'. Then, we have 'you', 'we' and 'they are teaching'. Finally, we've got 'he', 'she' 'it is teaching'. The 'am', 'are' and 'is' are forms of the verb 'to be' and here with this tense is used as an auxiliary verb or a helping verb. In order to form negative sentences, we simply add the word 'not' between our helping verb and our main verb plus '-ing'. To form the questions for the present continuous tense, again what we've done, is inverted our helping verbs and our subjects resulting in questions like 'Am i teaching?' 'Are you teaching?' and 'Is he teaching?'.

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Unit 10 was presented with 2 videos that compared and contrasted the same lesson with the same students and the same teacher. However, the results were totally different. In the first video, the teacher did not seem prepared, had a lousy attitude, was not patient, raised his voice and was very negative towards students. The end result was students being confused and intimidated instead of relaxed and learning. The total opposite was video 2, where the teacher did an excellent job at presenting the ESA lesson (Engage, Study, Activate).