Present Continuous Tense Exercises (With Printable Worksheet)

Learn more about the present continuous or progressive tense by answering the three present continuous activities I provided.

The first worksheet is a multiple-choice test about the rules of the verb tense, while the two other parts require you to apply your knowledge of the verb tense.

What Is Present Continuous Tense?

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The present continuous tense is a verb tense that conveys an action or condition that is currently happening. Also known as the present progressive tense, we may also use this verb tense for actions that occur frequently and actions that might continue in the future.

We form the present continuous tense by using the auxiliary verb is, are, or am plus the present participle or -ing form of the verb. For example:

  • She is listening to her favorite song right now.

Now for some present continuous exercises to test your skills!

Present Continuous Tense Exercise #1

Present Continuous Tense Exercise #1

Choose the right letter that corresponds to the correct answer.

Read these two sentences, then choose the correct letter: 1. Aunt Jane was cooking when Uncle John came. 2. Kyla is singing her favorite song.
TRUE or FALSE: You can use the auxiliary verb was for the present continuous tense.
Why can’t we use ‘were’ as an auxiliary verb in present continuous sentences?
Which of these is not a function of the present progressive tense?
Which form of the verb do we use when writing present continuous sentences?
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Present Continuous Tense Exercise #2

Present Continuous Tense Exercise #2

Complete the sentences with the correct present continuous form of the verb.
Example: She ________ (study) math right now. Answer: is studying

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Present Continuous Tense Exercise #3

Present Continuous Tense Exercise #3

Rewrite the following sentences using the present continuous tense.

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Present Continuous Tense: A Recap

I hope my simple exercises about present continuous tense help you understand this verb tense perfectly. Understanding this topic will allow you to express your ideas more clearly as you describe the process or action. There are eleven other verb tenses in the English language. Which one do you want to learn next?

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