English Lesson: Present Progressive

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I’m sitting in my office typing on an old keyboard. As I am writing this lesson, I am listening to the radio. Someone is talking about books. What are you reading these days? I’m reading a book about social media. It’s pretty interesting. After work today, I’m going to meet a friend for coffee. He’s helping me get my sailboat ready for the summer. I am launching the boat on Saturday.

Have a look at the paragraph above. You’ll notice I used the present progressive tense (that’s Verb+ing) three different ways. Can you find them?

1. What I am doing right now

We use present progressive to talk about what we are doing right now, at the moment of speaking:

  • I’m sitting in my office.
  • As I am writing this lesson, I am listening to the radio.
  • Someone is talking about books.

2. What I am doing these days

We also use present progressive to talk about what we are doing these days, but not necessarily at the moment of speaking:

  • I’m reading a book about social media. (I am reading it these days, but I’m not reading it at the moment)
  • My friend is helping me get the boat ready. (He is helping me these days, but he’s not helping me at the moment)
  • George is working on his MBA. (These days, George is working on his MBA, but perhaps not at the moment)

3. What I am doing in the near future?

We also use present progressive to talk about what we are doing in the near future. This is how we talk about our plans :

  • After work today, I’m going to meet a friend for coffee.
  • I’m working this Saturday.
  • Joe is meeting his sister at JFK tomorrow.

So, to summarize, we use this tense to talk about right now, these days, and plans in the near future. What are you doing tomorrow?

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