Present Continuous Tense: Expressing Actions in the Here and Now

In today’s conversation, we will be exploring the importance of using verbs in the present continuous form. This verb tense helps us talk about actions happening right now or around this time. By using the present continuous, we can express what we and others are currently doing, providing a vivid and lively description of our activities.

For example, if you want to ask what someone is doing, you can ask:

A: What are you doing?  B: I am playing with my toy car.

playing is the verb in the present continuous form.

If you want to ask a girl, you can use she as the pronoun of the sentence:

A: What is she doing?   B: She is dancing ballet.

If you want to ask a boy, we say:

A; What is he doing?  B: He is playing soccer with his friends.

If you want to ask about two or more people doing the activity we can say:

A: What are they doing?  B: They are dancing.

Let’s dive into our dialogue and discover the power of the present continuous tense!

Practice Dialogue

Student 1: Hey, what are you up to?

Student 2: I’m playing with my toy cars. Vroom, vroom!

Student 3: Cool! I’m drawing a picture of my family.

Student 4: Oh, nice! I’m reading a book about dinosaurs.

Student 1: That sounds interesting. What’s he doing?

Student 2: He’s playing soccer with his friends.

Student 3: And what about her?

Student 4: She’s dancing ballet in her class.

Student 1: That’s awesome! And what are they doing?

Student 2: They’re having a picnic in the park.

Student 3: Oh, I see. And what are they doing at the park?

Student 4: They’re playing tag and having a lot of fun.

Student 1: That sounds like a blast. Let’s make sure we enjoy our own activities too!


By using the present continuous tense, we can bring our conversations to life and provide a clear picture of what is happening in the present moment. It allows us to engage in dynamic discussions about our activities, as well as those of others, fostering effective communication. So, let’s continue practicing and incorporating the present continuous tense in our everyday conversations to enhance our language skills and make our interactions more vibrant and engaging!

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