In my previous blog, I had told you about the use Present, Past and Future Indefinite Tenses. You can read that use from here. This blog post is dedicated to Continuous Tense. It means I will tell you about the use of Present Continuous, Past Continuous and Future Continuous Tense along with their structures. So without delay, let’s start their use –
Present Continuous Tense –
Aff – Sub + is/am/are + v 1 + ing + obj.
Neg – Sub + is/am/are + not + v 1 + ing + obj.
Note :– Is not – Isn’t
Am not – Ain’t
Are not – Aren’t
Int. – Is/ Am/ Are + Sub+ v 1 + ing + obj ?
Use of Present Continuous Tense –
1. To show continuity of action in the present time with the words such as still, this time, these days, now, now-a-days, this moment etc.
e.g. What are you doing these days ?
She is preparing for exams these days.
2. To show future also –
We are going to Delhi next week.
Past Continuous Tense –
It shows continuity of the past.
- Sub + was/were + v 1 + ing + obj.
- Sub + was/were + not + v 1 + ing + obj.
- Was/Were + Sub+ v 1 + ing + obj ?
Note :– Was not – Wasn’t
Were not – Weren’t
1. To show continuity of action in the past time with the words such as that time, those days, then, at that moment etc.
e.g. What were you doing those days ?
1.Children were playing this time those days.
2. If in one part past indefinite tense is given and action demands continuity, we use past continuous tense in the 2nd part –
e.g. When he came here, I was sleeping.
Future Continuous – It shows continuity in Future.
- Sub + will be / shall be + v 1 + ing + obj.
- Sub + will/ shall + not + be + v 1 + ing + obj.
- Will/ Shall + Sub+ be + v 1 + ing + obj ?
Note – Will Not – Won’t
Shall Not – Shan’t
Use of Future Continuous Tense –
With the future indicating words such as tomorrow, next etc. to show continuity of action –
e.g Children will be playing this time tomorrow.
Teacher will be teaching at present the day after tomorrow.
Read the use of Perfect Tense.