Present Continuous

"He is running"

"We are reading."

The present continuous is used for actions in the present, that are in progress or happening in the moment of narration. This tense does not exist in German but is there often indicated by words and phrases like “now” or “at the moment”.


subject + form of “be” (+ not) + infinite verb + “- ing”


  • I am reading.
  • It isn’t raining
  • We are running.
  • I am writing. -> If the main verb ends on “- e”, the “- e” has to be removed as soon as “- ing” is added as a suffix to it.


Formation of questions:

(question word +) form of “be” (+ not) + subject + infinite verb + “-ing”


  • Where is he going?
  • Are they running? – Yes, they are./No, they aren’t.

Das Present Continuous wird für Handlungen in der Gegenwart verwendet, die in Gange sind oder im Moment der Schilderung/Erzählung passieren. Diese Zeitform existiert im Deutschen nicht, wird jedoch oft von Wörtern oder Wortgruppen wie “jetzt”, “gerade” oder “im Moment” signalisiert.

Allgemeine Bildung:

Subjekt + Form von “be” (+ not) + ungebeugtes Verb + “- ing”


  • I am reading. (Ich lese gerade.)
  • It isn’t raining. (Es regnet im Moment nicht.)
  • We are running. (Wir rennen gerade.)
  • I am writing. (Ich schreibe gerade.) -> Wenn das Hauptverb auf “- e” endet, muss das “- e” entfernt werden sobald “- ing” als Endung hinzugefügt wird.


Bildung von Fragen:

(Fragewort +) Form von be (+ not) + Subjekt + ungebeugtes Verb + “- ing”


  • Where is he going? (Wohin geht er?)
  • Are they running? – Yes, they are./No, they aren’t. (Rennen sie gerade? – Ja, tun sie./Nein, tun sie nicht.

English Grammar - Present progressive

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