Present progressive English explained in the Beginners Course 16.

Lesson 16


This tutorial is focusing on the spelling changes to i.n.g. forms, and the revision of present continuous.


1/Sentence Practice

We are now ready to communicate. Are you understanding everything so far?

If you are not understanding please return to previous lessons and repeat.

When you are learning a language it is important to have a solid base.

Please read out loud and do not be shy. Copy the way I speak.

Listen to the way I speak. You really try to imitate.You try the same with other characters.

Many people have a good level of English grammar but natives do not understand their English speaking.

This is because they do not change their accent.

Please put comments on this page.

So I can improve the lessons.

I hope you are enjoying the lessons.


2/Vocabulary Practice

  • to be ready
  • to communicate
  • Are you understanding?
  • so far
  • If you are not understanding
  • please return
  • to previous lessons
  • to repeat
  • When you are learning
  • it is important
  • a solid base
  • out loud
  • to read out loud
  • to be shy
  • do not be shy
  • to copy
  • copy the way
  • listen to the way
  • to try
  • to imitate
  • to try the same
  • other characters
  • to have a good level
  • English grammar
  • natives
  • their english speaking
  • this is because
  • to change
  • they do not change
  • their accent
  • comments
  • to put comments
  • on this page
  • to improve
  • i can improve
  • to hope
  • you are enjoying


Revision of the present continuous

Revision of the present continuous and spelling changes made to the verb when creating the -ing form.

We use the present continuous for:

  • things happening now: I’m eating.
  • temporary situations: I am feeling better
  • future plans: I am going to London next month.

The present participle or -ing form is formed:

1/ Verb + -ing


to play > playing

to go > going

to eat > eating

to do > doing

to say > saying

2/  Verb + double the last consonant + ing


to get > get + t + ing > getting

to sit > sit + t + ing > sitting

to swim > swim + m + ing > swimming

to skip > skip + p + ing > skipping

to travel > travel + l + ing > travelling

to regret > regret + t + ing > regretting

3/ Verb + removing the -e + adding -ing


take > taking

make > making

shake > shaking

4/ Verb + removing the -ie + adding -ing


die > dying

lie > lying

The present continuous is formed

Subject + am/are/is + present participle or ing form


I am learning

you are learning

he is working

they are working

Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers

Are you now ready to communicate?

Yes, I am now ready to communicate.

Do you understand everything?

Yes, I do understand everything.

Are you returning to previous lessons?

Yes, I am returning to previous lessons when I don’t understand something.

You are understanding everything, am I right?

Yes you are right, I am understanding everything.

Is it important to pronounce well?

Yes it is very important to pronounce well.

Why is it important to pronounce well?

When you pronounce well, people understand you and it is easy to remember words.

How can I improve my pronunciation?

You are repeating everything out loud.

Are you enjoying the lessons?

Yes I am learning English and I am having fun.

Can you try and copy my accent?

Yes, I can try.

Why is it important to copy?

Because I am a native and it is important that a native can understand you.

Exercises Lesson 16

Comprehension Practice

Vocabulary Practice

Grammar Practice