In this English lesson we’ll take a look at how we use the present continuous tense when talking about things that we are doing now.

What Are You Doing?

The present continuous tense is written with the present tense of the auxiliary verb be (am/is/are) and with the ing (present participle) form of the main verb.

present continuous tense

We can use the present continuous tense to talk about something that is happening right now.

  • I am reading.

We can also use this tense to talk about something that is not happening now.

  • I am not studying.

Let’s take a look at some photos and talk about what is happening.

What are they doing 1

In the first photo:

  • The man is listening to music.
  • A man is reading a magazine.
  • The man is laughing at something.
  • The man is not dancing.

In the second photo:

  • The women are brushing their teeth.
  • The women are smiling.
  • The lady in black is not cleaning her teeth.
  • The lady is watching them.

Now it is your turn:

Look at these photos below and tell us what you think is happening. If you are not sure – guess!

Feeling brave? Share your sentences with us in a comment below!

Don’t forget to use the present continuous tense!


What are they doing 2

Photo 1 and 2

What are they doing 3

Photo 3,4 and 5

What are they doing 4

Photo 6,7 and 8

Finally use the present continuous tense to tell us 3 things that you are doing – and 3 things that you are not doing – right now!

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.