60 Present Continuous Tense Examples – Verbs in English

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<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">One of the best ways to see how Present Continuous works is to see some Present Continuous tense examples. Explanations of how a tense works can be very useful, but sometimes, it is just nice to see how people use a tense in proper English sentences.One of the best ways to see how Present Continuous works is to see some Present Continuous tense examples. Explanations of how a tense works can be very useful, but sometimes, it is just nice to see how people use a tense in proper English sentences.

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">This post is not going to go into the specifics of grammar. However, if you would like to know more about this, you can look at our post on the <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://thelearnersnook.com/2020/07/27/present-continuous-tense-rules/&quot; target="_blank">Present Continuous tense</a>.This post is not going to go into the specifics of grammar. However, if you would like to know more about this, you can look at our post on the Present Continuous tense.

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.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.

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">We have also tried to mix in some more casual sounding sentences as well. For example, we don't generally start sentences with "because" in formal English, but in spoken English this is often done. We have also tried to mix in some more casual sounding sentences as well. For example, we don’t generally start sentences with “because” in formal English, but in spoken English this is often done.

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<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">As someone who has learned a language before, I appreciate that it can be difficult to know if you are using a tense correctly. Oftentimes, the best way to learn is to experiment. If you have a Present Continuous sentence that you have made but aren't sure if it is correct, we would be happy to take a look. Drop us a message in our comments or hit the image below and send your sentence to us privately. As someone who has learned a language before, I appreciate that it can be difficult to know if you are using a tense correctly. Oftentimes, the best way to learn is to experiment. If you have a Present Continuous sentence that you have made but aren’t sure if it is correct, we would be happy to take a look. Drop us a message in our comments or hit the image below and send your sentence to us privately. 

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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">He is sleeping.He is sleeping.


<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">They are playing video games.They are playing video games.


<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">My friends are looking for dinner.My friends are looking for dinner.


<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">I am going to the park.I am going to the park.


<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">I am doing great. (I am doing well)I am doing great. (I am doing well)


<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">He is playing with his toys.He is playing with his toys.


<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">The dogs are swimming in the pool.The dogs are swimming 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">The news anchor is talking about the election.The news anchor is talking about the election.


<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">Nothing, he’s just sitting there.Nothing, he’s just sitting there.


<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?

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Because Allison is chasing her.Because Allison is chasing her.


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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">I am living with my parents until I find a new apartment.I am living with my parents until I find a new apartment.


<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">I am working at Starbucks until school starts.I am working at Starbucks until school starts.


<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">The store is closing while we are doing renovations.The store is closing while we are doing renovations.


<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">Because he is working in Toronto this month.Because he is working in Toronto 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">John is playing baseball in Oakland while the field is being repaired.John is playing baseball in Oakland 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">He is eating takeaway and watching TV while his wife is gone.He is eating takeaway and watching TV 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">We are doing our best while he is sick.We are doing our best 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">Jane is helping while Joe is gone.Jane 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">Joe is riding his bike to school while his mom is busy.Joe is riding his bike 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?

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">I am chopping vegetables while the oven is heating up. I am chopping vegetables while the oven is heating 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">They are taking the bus to work today.They are taking the bus 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">We are walking the dog by the river today.We are walking the dog by the river 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">We are going to my sister’s house today after lunch. We are going to my sister’s house today after lunch. 


<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">I’m going to watch the hockey game after dinner.I’m going to watch the hockey game 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">He is going to look for a job after he gets up from his nap.He is going to look for a job after he gets 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?

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Because today we are planning to see John at the mall.Because today we are planning to see John at the mall.

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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">Because he is swimming every morning now. Because he is swimming every morning now. 


<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">Yes, he is running every day now.Yes, he is running every day now.


<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">No, I am currently trying to quit.No, I am currently trying to quit.


<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">Because we are trying to be vegetarians for a month.<strong> </strong>Because we are trying to be vegetarians for a month. 


<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">Because they are repairing the roads we usually go down.Because they are repairing the roads we usually go down.


<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">Because I am trying to get up earlier.Because I am trying to get up earlier.


<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">Because he is trying to spend more time at work. Because he is trying to spend more time at work. 


<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">Since finals are coming up, I am studying every chance that I get. Since finals are coming up, I am studying every chance that I get. 


<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">Because I am saving up for a new car.Because I am saving up for a new car.


<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?

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">We are closing at 9 pm during the Christmas season.We are closing at 9 pm during the Christmas season.


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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">Because Tom is always running late.Because Tom is always running late.


<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">I hate when people are being loud at night.I hate when people are being loud at night.


<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">They don’t like Tim because he is always being rude to others.They don’t like Tim because he is always being rude to others.


<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">Because Paul is always snoring so loudly at night. Because Paul is always snoring so loudly at night.


<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">Because he is always trying to bite me.Because he is always trying to bite me.


<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">No, you shouldn’t. She is always lying. No, you shouldn’t. She is always lying. 


<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">You should buy an iPhone because Androids are always having problems. You should buy an iPhone because Androids are always having problems. 


<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">I don’t know. It’s never running on time. I don’t know. It’s never running on time. 


<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">Because it’s always raining there, and who wants that?Because it’s always raining there, and who wants that?


<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?

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Because John is always fighting with his colleagues.Because John is always fighting with his colleagues.


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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">Because people are watching a lot of movies right now. Because people are watching a lot of movies right now. 


<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">People are buying a lot of potatoes lately. Maybe they are sold out?People are buying a lot of potatoes lately. Maybe they are sold out?


<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">Cuba, lots of people are going there this year.Cuba, lots of people are going there this year.


<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">Yeah, lots of people are cooking with it nowadays.Yeah, lots of people are cooking with it nowadays.


<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? 

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Yes, everybody I know is watching it.Yes, everybody I know is watching it.


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">No, everyone is buying them right now and I don’t have any left.No, everyone is buying them right now and I don’t have any left.


<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">Our biggest problem is that our pollution levels are constantly going up. Our biggest problem is that our pollution levels are constantly going up. 


<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">I usually try to leave around 6 am because everyone else is driving around 7 am.  I usually try to leave around 6 am because everyone else is driving around 7 am.  


<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">Hats are really popular right now, so everyone is wearing one. Hats are really popular right now, so everyone is wearing one. 


<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?

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Yeah! More and more people are learning languages every year.Yeah! More and more people are learning languages every year.


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<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Present Continuous is a really important verb tense that you need to be able to use correctly. It’s a fairly easy verb tense, but as you can see, it can be used in many different ways with lots of different verbs in English. Present Continuous is a really important verb tense that you need to be able to use correctly. It’s a fairly easy verb tense, but as you can see, it can be used in many different ways with lots of different verbs in English. 

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">We hope that these Present continuous tense examples have helped you better understand how you can use this English verb tense. If you need help with any of the grammar of Present Continuous tense, you can take a look at our post on <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://thelearnersnook.com/2020/07/27/present-continuous-tense-rules/&quot; target="_blank">how Present Continuous works</a>. We hope that these Present continuous tense examples have helped you better understand how you can use this English verb tense. If you need help with any of the grammar of Present Continuous tense, you can take a look at our post on how Present Continuous works

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">As well, if there are any sentences that you have questions about, make sure to send us a message so we can help you out. Or post your question as a comment on this article so that you can help others who might have the same question as you. As well, if there are any sentences that you have questions about, make sure to send us a message so we can help you out. Or post your question as a comment on this article so that you can help others who might have the same question as you. 

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