# Use of Continuous/ Progressive Tense – Present, Past & Future

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 –

Translation Practice Sets

Present Continuous Tense –

Structure –

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 –

Structure –

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.

Structure –

• 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.

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