(You can learn about using the present continuous here.)

She's eating an apple (present continuous).

Practice 1: making the present continuous

Complete this letter using the present continuous (positive, negative and questions).


Dear Sarah

Thanks for your letter, it's great to hear from you again.

I (sit) outside in the garden at the moment while I (write) this letter. It's lovely and sunny, so I (wear) sunglasses and suntan lotion and I (drink) iced lemonade. I (plan) to relax all day today and do no work.

I (enjoy) myself here in London - there's lots to do. I (live) with some friends who (study) English with me. At the moment we (not go) to college because it's the holiday. We (go) shopping a lot instead. At the moment I (feel) a bit tired because I've been working very hard recently. My boyfriend (prepare) for an exam, so I (help) him to study for it. Poor George! He (not have) much fun with all the work!

What about you? What you (do) at the moment? you still (see) that tall, handsome guy? he still (talk) about buying a house with you?

Write and tell me all your news - I can't wait to hear from you.

Love, Susan.

Practice 2: common mistakes with the present continuous

Now look at the sentences below - some of these are correct, and some have common mistakes with making the present continuous. If you think the sentence is correct, choose 'correct', and if you think it is wrong, choose 'wrong'.

Correct  Wrong   
My sister is studying French at the moment.
They isn't feeling very well.
I'm not living with my parents nowadays.
I reading a good book at the moment.
Does she eating strange food now she is pregnant?
Excuse me. Is anyone sitting here, or can I borrow the chair?
We aren't walking home now, we're walking to the pub.
My brother and sister isn't staying with me.
Be quiet! I'm watching a film.
Why are you laugh?