To see how good you are at present continuous, you can try our present continuous tense test.

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">To make this as easy as possible for you, we will split up our examples based on usage. We will also try to include a mix of easier and more complex sentences. This way you will be able to see the different ways we use the Present Continuous tense, and you can get a sense of how to use these verbs in English in more advanced ways.
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**Present Continuous Tense Examples**

**1. An Action that is Happening Right Now**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>What is he doing right now?</strong>

**What is he doing right now?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>What are they playing?</strong>

**What are they playing?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>What are your friends doing?</strong>

**What are your friends doing?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>Where are you going?</strong>

**Where are you going?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>How are you doing?</strong> (colloquial form of 'How are you?')

**How are you doing?**(colloquial form of ‘How are you?’)

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>What is he doing in his room? </strong>

**What is he doing in his room?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>What are the dogs doing in the pool? </strong>

**What are the dogs doing in the pool?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>What is happening on the news? </strong>

**What is happening on the news?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>I can’t see. What is he doing now? </strong>

**I can’t see. What is he doing now?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>Why is Emma running?</strong>

**Why is Emma running?**

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**2. A Temporary Situation **

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>Where are you living right now?</strong>

**Where are you living right now?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>Where are you working? </strong>

**Where are you working?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>Why is the store closed?</strong>

**Why is the store closed?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>Why is he gone this month?</strong>

**Why is he gone this month?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>Where is John playing baseball while the field is being repaired?</strong>

**Where is John playing baseball while the field is being repaired?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>What is he doing while his wife is gone?</strong>

**What is he doing while his wife is gone?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>What is happening at work while he is sick?</strong>

**What is happening at work while he is sick?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>Who is helping while Joe is gone?</strong>

**Who is helping while Joe is gone?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>How is Joe getting to school while his mom is busy?</strong>

**How is Joe getting to school while his mom is busy?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>What are you doing while the oven heats up?</strong>

**What are you doing while the oven heats up?**

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**3. Plans for the Near Future**

**What are you doing tomorrow? **

I am eating lunch with Sally tomorrow.

**What are you doing this afternoon? **

I’m seeing Jane this afternoon.

**When is Joe going to see Alice’s new baby? **

Joe is going to see Alice’s new baby tomorrow morning.

**When is the movie opening? **

The movie is opening tomorrow afternoon at the movie theatre.

**How are Frank and Sal going to work today?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>Where are you walking the dog today?</strong>

**Where are you walking the dog today?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>When are you going to your sister’s house?</strong>

**When are you going to your sister’s house?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>What are you going to do after dinner?</strong>

**What are you going to do after dinner?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>What is he going to do after he wakes up from his nap?</strong>

**What is he going to do after he wakes up from his nap?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>Why aren’t you going to the meeting today?</strong>

**Why aren’t you going to the meeting today?**

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**4. Temporary Habits **

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>Why is he so tired lately? </strong>

**Why is he so tired lately?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>Has Bill lost weight? </strong>

**Has Bill lost weight?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>Do you smoke? </strong>

**Do you smoke?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>Why can’t we eat meat tonight? </strong>

**Why can’t we eat meat tonight?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>Why are we driving this way to school? </strong>

**Why are we driving this way to school?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>Why are you getting to school early this month?</strong>

**Why are you getting to school early this month?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>Why hasn’t Jim come over in a while?</strong>

**Why hasn’t Jim come over in a while?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>What do you do on the weekends?</strong>

**What do you do on the weekends?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>Why are you working so much?</strong>

**Why are you working so much?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>What time are you open until?</strong>

**What time are you open until?**

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**5. Complaining about a Bad Habit**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>Why do people not like Tom? </strong>

**Why do people not like Tom?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>What’s wrong Pam? </strong>

**What’s wrong Pam?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>Why don’t they like Tim? </strong>

**Why don’t they like Tim?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>Why do you look so tired?</strong>

**Why do you look so tired?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>Why don’t you want to pet my dog? </strong>

**Why don’t you want to pet my dog?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>Should I trust Zoey?</strong>

**Should I trust Zoey?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>Why should I buy an iPhone over an Android?</strong>

**Why should I buy an iPhone over an Android?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>When is the train going to get here?</strong>

**When is the train going to get here?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>Why don’t you want to live in London?</strong>

**Why don’t you want to live in London?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>Why can’t John keep a job for very long?</strong>

**Why can’t John keep a job for very long?**

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**6. Describing an Overall Trend**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>Why is your movie theatre so busy? </strong>

**Why is your movie theatre so busy?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>Where are all the potatoes? </strong>

**Where are all the potatoes?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>Where is the busiest travel destination? </strong>

**Where is the busiest travel destination?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>Have you heard of Kimchi? </strong>

**Have you heard of Kimchi?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>Are you watching Game of Thrones? </strong>

**Are you watching Game of Thrones?**

**Do you have any toys for sale?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>What is the biggest problem in the world right now?</strong>

**What is the biggest problem in the world right now?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>When do you leave for work?</strong>

**When do you leave for work?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>Why is everyone wearing a hat?</strong>

**Why is everyone wearing a hat?**

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80"><strong>Do many people learn another language?</strong>

**Do many people learn another language?**

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