The present continuous tense is used for actions happening now or for actions that are unfinished. It can also refer to an action that is happening frequently. It is also referred to as the present progressive tense.
This tense adds energy to writing and helps the reader keep pace with what is happening.
Before discussing it further, it is important to study verbs. You can read about verbs in detail and download free worksheets by going here.
The anchor chart above will explain the present continuous tense both for positive and negative sentences.
The present continuous tense for positive sentences is formed with the
subject + is/am/are + verb(+ing)
Ram is walking.
He is bathing.
She is climbing the fence.
It is eating an apple.
They are sleeping.
For negative sentences:
subject + is/am/are + not + verb(+ing)
We are not camping tomorrow.
My family is not watching the match tonight.
Mom is not going to the market.
Let’s discuss the present continuous tense worksheets briefly.
In the first worksheet, see the pictures and read the sentences in the simple present tense. Now convert these sentences to present continuous tense.
The duck quacks.
The duck is quacking.
The subject is singular so ‘is’ will be used in all the sentences.
The kid is yawning.
The nurse is giving me a shot.
The girl is pointing at me.
Ben is feeding the hens.
The next worksheet is similar to the above one. The only difference is that the subject is in the plural so ‘are’ will be used.
I have discussed it separately so our little learners can grasp the concept easily.
The boys are having fun.
The bees are buzzing.
We are walking to school
The birds are flying high in the sky.
The kids are jumping with joy.
In the next worksheet, use the verbs in the box to complete the sentences in the present continuous tense. Also, the children need to add the ‘verb to be’ which is ‘is, am or are.’
I will also suggest you look at the ‘Is am are’ Packs which are free to download. These worksheets will give a good and thorough practice for ‘is am are’ which is a very important concept when it comes to forming sentences.
Using the words, form positive and negative sentences.
I am not washing the dishes.
The dog is chewing a bone.
The birds are flying.
We are listening to music.
They are not having lunch.
The phone is ringing.
I am not feeling sick.
I am learning French.
In the next pack, I shall be covering interrogative sentences (questions) in the present continuous tense with double consonant verbs words like chatting, hopping, etc.
I hope you find these resources useful.