Continuous Tense

 

Simple Tense        Perfect Tenses        Perfect Continuous Tenses

 

Present Continuous Tense

The present continuous tense is formed by; ‘to be verb’ + main verb + ing ending.

The present continuous tense is used to show or state that an action began in the past and is ongoing at the present time.

Lauren is crying because her boyfriend dumped her.
XXX (The action- crying- started in the past and continues to the present time.

Past Continuous Tense

The past continuous is formed by: was/were + verb + “ing” ending.

The past continuous tense is used to state or show that:
XXX* an action was ongoing at a particular time in the past OR
XXX* an onging action was interruped by another action in the past OR
XXX* two ongoing actions were occurring at the same time in the past.

I was watching TV last night at 9:00.
XXX(The action- watchingTV- was ongoing at a specific time in the past)

Tom was mowing the lawn when it started to rain.
XXX(The action-mowing- was interrupted by the rain)

Tammy’s baby sister was sleeping while she was doing his homework.
XXX(Both actions were ongoing at the same time in the past)

Future Continuous Tense

The future continuous tense is formed by: will/shall + be + verb + “ing”.

The future continuous tense is used to show or state that:
XXX* that an ongoing action will begin at a particular time in the future OR
XXX* that an ongoing action will be interrupted by another action in the future OR
XXX* that two ongoing actions will be occurring at the same time in the future.

I will be leaving for New York on Thursday.
XXX(The action- leaving- will begin at a specific time in the future.)

Mrs. Smith will be cooking dinner when he husbands get home.
XXX(The action- cooking- will be interrupted when her husband comes home.)

Perry will be working late and his wife will be going to the theater tonight.
XXX(Both actions- working and going- will be ongoing at the same time in the future)

 

For more information about the continuous tenses take a look at

The Basics of English Grammar

OR

Fast Track Grammar Review

Other links for Continuous Tenses
Present Continuous Tense
Past Continuous Tense
Future Continuous Tense

An explanation of the continuous present, past and future tenses and when to use the continuous tenses– www.understandinggrammar.com