Present Continuous (I am doing) – English Grammar Explained

PART 1

HE'S DRIVING HOME

James is in his car. He is on his way home.

He's driving home (= He is driving...) 

This means he is driving now, at the time of speaking.


am/is/are + -ing is the present continuous:

- I am (=I'm) driving

- he/she/it is (he's etc.) playing

- we/you/they are (we're etc.) saying


In negative sentences we use:

- I am not driving

- he isn't playing or he's not playing

- we aren't saying or we're not saying


In questions we use:

- am I driving?

- is he playing?

- are they saying?


PART 2

I'M DOING SOMETHING = STARTED BUT NOT FINISHED

I am doing something = I started doing it and I haven't finished yet. I'm the middle of doing it.

Please don't turn on the light. I'm trying to rest. (not I try)

Please don't turn on the light. I'm trying to rest. (not I try)

Please don't turn on the light. I'm trying to rest. (not I try)

Please don't turn on the light. I'm trying to rest. (not I try)



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