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The Present Continuous tense is a verb construction that conveys a sense of ongoing action at the present time. This means that the action has started before the moment of speaking and it will finish at an indefinite moment after the present time.
I am reading "Pride and Prejudice" for the second time these days.
He is talking to his boss, so he can't come to the phone right now.
She is playing a piece from the "Swan Lake" by Tchaikovsky.
To build this tense we need to use the auxiliary verb 'to be' in the present tense plus the present participle (the -ing form) of the main verb:
In some instances we need to use a form of the present tense to show
that something is happening now and is continuing to happen. This tense
is the Present Progressive or Continuous.
Native English speakers do not have any trouble deciding which form of the present tense to use, but this is an endless source of difficulty to foreigners. Try your hand by doing this exercise.
The majority of the verbs are action verbs, designating an action that one can start and end as and when one wants to: come, go, play, talk, wait, write, read, speak, etc.
On the contrary, state verbs designate a mental state, that one can not start and stop whenever one wants to. There is a sense of continuity in them: exist, be, have, know, believe, understand, etc. Because of this implied natural continuity, these verbs do not take the Present Continuous tense.
Examples of verbs that are not normally used in the continuous aspect:
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