|ESL BLUE(s)|| Troubleshooting present progressive forms |
Here are some of the most common errors using the present progressive (continuous) forms.
The correct form is given first:
|Correct Forms||Common Errors
Bob: I am enjoying the show. How about you?|
Linda: Me too. I am having a lot of fun.
|I enjoying the show. How about you?
enjoy the show. How about you?
To make positive statements, use the auxiliary verb "to be" (am, is, are ) in the following order:
|Subject|| + ||auxiliary|| + ||basic verb form+ing|
If verb ends in 'e,' drop the 'e:' have --> having
|Shhh! You're making too much noise.
||Shhh! | Your making too much noise.
'Your' is a possessive adjective: Is this your book?
|Look at the kids! They're having a lot of fun.
||Look at the kids! | Their having a lot of fun.
Look at the kids!
There having a lot of fun.
'Their' is a possessive adjective: My parents are coming in their car.
'There' means 'in that place"' I wonder what they're doing there.
|I'm bored. I am not enjoying this show.
||I'm bored. I | not enjoying this show.
I'm bored. I
don't enjoying this show.
To make negative statements, use the following order:
|Subject|| + ||auxiliary|| + ||not|| + ||verb+ing|
|Paula's sick. She isn't coming to work today.||Paula's sick. She | isnt coming to work today..
Paula's sick. She
is'nt coming to work today.
To form contractions replace the dropped vowel with an apostrophe.
- It's not raining today. (drop the 'i.')
- It isn't raining today. (drop the 'o.')
|Where are you going for your vacation?
||Where | you are going for your vacation?
do you going for your vacation?
To ask most types of questions, use the following order:
|auxiliary|| + ||subject|| + ||basic verb form+ing|
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