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The Present Continuous Tense

The present continuous tense is most often used for the following:

- For actions happening now
- For future arrangements
- To express annoyance at repeated actions

How to form the present continuous

For actions happening now

When we want to talk about an action that is happening now or at this time (and is unfinished), we use the present continuous tense. We also use this tense when we want to make clear that the action is temporary.

For future arrangements

We usually use the present continuous tense for future events that have already been arranged:

To express annoyance at repeated actions

Usually the present simple is used for repeated actions. For example, He always gets up before 7 o'clock, but .. the present continuous is the correct choice when the speaker wants to express annoyance at a repeated action. (Note how often the word "always" is used in such statements):

This use of the present continuous is not possible as a negative statement.

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